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APRIL 2012 | VOLUME 22 | ISSUE 4
its Big Bass season!
See the latest updates on the
Lunker Programs on pg 34
14.2 lbs!!
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By Jodie Warner
Pinkston bags the big check at Bass N Bucks
with a 14.62 lbs sharelunker!
With high winds at the end of the week, Toledo Bend must have turned up some big fsh! Huge big
bass were seen throughout the day at Bass N Bucks Toledo Bend Team Tournament Trail on Saturday
Feb. 25 with the frst coming in at 9 a.m. Robert Moore brought in a 9.86 lbs big bass frst thing that
morning seemingly assuring a big bass win and weighed in an additional 15.64 lbs with four more fsh
at the weigh in giving him a total of 25.50 lbs and the lead for a good while. Throughout the weigh
in there were plenty of big fsh with another coming in at 9.38 lbs and yet another show rocker at an
astonishing 11.20 lbs! But it was Ryan Pinkston who shattered the competition with a scale shaking
14.62 lbs sharelunker! Pinkstons big bass landed less than a pound short of a record on Toledo Bend.
Pinkston fshed without a partner on Saturday, his usual fshing partner, Scooter Clark, was not able
to go that day due to attending a funeral. Pinkston said that overall he had a great day of fshing and
although his partner couldnt make it gave it his all. He said that he caught an early limit, started
throwing Big Bite Bait Lizardsand started the day with 16 lbs Pinkston said that he didnt have
a bite until about 8:30 a.m. and moved around a lot throughout the day. He said that the catching died
around for a while until about lunch and it turned around then. He slowly culled his way up to about
20 lbs at that point and he said, around two is when everything got crazy. He said he had straightened
a hook on one lizard and thats when he knew that he needed heavier artillery. He switched out to a
Jewel Heavy Cover Football Head jig and on his second cast caught the big one. He claims it was a fght,
and still didnt know exactly what he had until it was in the boat and he said he just stared at it. He said,
Ive caught tens, but Ive never even seen anything like this beforeI threw right back in can caught
an eight and decided to just keep fshing and culled another 5 pounder. Pinkston said that he fshed
in four to six feet around stumps. He also credits the sensitivity of his St. Croix rod because the bass
were biting very subtly and he believes that the rod really helped to catch his limit for the day. Pinkston
landed in frst with a total weight of 36.06 lbs. He would like to thank Texas Farm Bureau Insurance,
Wulf Outdoor Sports, St. Croix Rods, and Jewel Bait Company. Pinkston has previously fnished second
fve times in the Bass N Bucks Trail, and fnally got his win with one whopper of a sharelunker.
Second place was won by Ronnie Bland and Rusty Clark who weighed in a 28.12 lbs limit with a 9.02
lbs big bass; defnitely nothing to bat an eye at neither. They fshed outside grass lines with football jigs
and Carolina rigs at the south end of the lake. Bland and Clark had a pretty consistent day all day long,
they hit a little lull at one point but overall had a pretty steady day. They would like to thank God and
their families for their day on the lake; also, Golden Triangle Industries and Cast Away.
Third place went to Robert Moore and Rick Stephens who had held the frst place position for quite
a while during the day. Their 9.86 lbs early big bass almost assured them a frst place win, but no one
Ryan Pinkston holds up his 14.62 lbs sharelunker; he took home rst
place for a total weight of 36.06 lbs and big bass for his sharelunker
Ronnie Bland and Rusty Clark show off their 28.12
lbs stringer including a 9.02 lbs big bass
Robert Moore shows off the best of his stringer that
won him 3rd place with a total weight of 25.50 lbs,
assisted by Tournament Director Bryan Davis
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was counting on all the big fsh caught out of Toledo Bend that
day. Moore said that he caught the big fsh on a jig frst thing in
the morning and fshed 27-28 feet of water and just ran and hit
points all over the place. He said he probably hit about 20 places
all day just crankin with a Sixth Sense Lures and a crank bait
prototype. Moore said he caught fsh here and there[but]
didnt catch more than two fsh in one spot. He would like to
thank Theme Design of Houston, Sixth Sense Lures, Scottys
Taxidermy, and Bass Kandi.
The next tournament in the Bass N Bucks Toledo Bend Team
Tournament will be held on March 17 at Big Bass Marina. For
more information visit bassnbucks.com.
1. 36.06 lbs Ryan Pinkston and Scooter Clark
2. 28.12 lbs Ronnie Bland and Rusty Clark
3. 25.50 lbs Robert Moore and Rick Stephens
4. 24.83 lbs Mark Price and Martin Elshout
5. 24.48 lbs Brandon Davidson and Ben Matsubu
6. 24.07 lbs Larry Ford and Shannon Carol
7. 21.06 lbs Malcolm and Andy Williams
8. 20.96 lbs Rick and Ronnie Madole
9. 20.46 lbs John Iles and Brian Shook
10. 20.09 lbs Rusty LeJuene and Jason Barb
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ShareLunker program
Coordinator to Retire
David L. Campbell, coordinator of Texas Parks
and Wildlife Departments ShareLunker program,
will retire at the end of March.
Campbell has worked for Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department for 46 years. He was inducted
into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
in 2011.
As manager of the Tyler Fish Hatchery, he
was instrumental in the introduction of Florida
largemouth bass into Texas and has helped stock
fsh into almost every public reservoir in the state.
He has been associated with the ShareLunker
program since its beginning. He picked up the frst
fsh entered into the program in 1986 and most of
the more than 500 entered since.
Through his years of experience of caring for
trophy largemouth bass, Campbell contributed a
great deal to the knowledge of how best to care
for big fsh and communicated this information
to the public through countless interviews with
media from newspapers, magazines, radio and
television. This emphasis on the proper way to
handle big fsh appeared in newspaper articles
as early as 1990 and may prove to be one of
Campbells most enduring legacies. Coming as
it did at the same time catch-and-release of big
bass became the norm, the impact of proper fsh
handling on the conservation of trophy bass can
hardly be overestimated.
David Campbell and the ShareLunker
program are almost synonymous, said Gary Saul,
director of TPWDs Inland Fisheries Division. He
is without doubt the number one ambassador
for the ShareLunker program, which is TPWDs
most highly visible program, gaining more media
coverage annually than all other TPWD programs
combined. To hundreds of anglers and the public,
Campbell is Mr. ShareLunker.
David Campbell has been one of the most
dedicated employees of TPWD I have ever worked
with, said Allen Forshage, director of the Texas
Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, where the
ShareLunker program is headquartered. His
work ethic is legendary within TPWD. Few people
have so completely and selfessly dedicated their
lives to making fshing better for the anglers of
Texas as David has. Every big bass caught from a
Texas reservoir is part of his legacy.
Following is a synopsis of Campbells career
with TPWD.
Campbell started work in 1965 as a fsh
hatchery assistant at the Lewisville State Fish
Hatchery and worked his way up to Hatchery
Manager at the Tyler Fish Hatchery and later the
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. He has raised
and stocked literally millions of fsh in Texas
waters including black bass, channel catfsh, blue
catfsh, crappie, striped bass, hybrid striped bass,
northern pike, walleye, peacock bass and several
sunfsh and forage species.
In 1973 Campbell went to Florida to collect
Florida largemouth bass. The stocking of Florida
largemouth bass into Texas public reservoirs
elevated trophy fshing in Texas forever and
earned Campbell the nickname Godfather of
Big Bass. Under the direction of former TPWD
Fisheries Director Bob Kemp, Campbell began
breeding and stocking pure Florida bass as an
experiment to increase the size of trophy bass in
Texas. By the early eighties, these efforts began to
pay off as the 13.5-pound state record that had
existed since 1943 was broken four times in six
years. Then in November 1986, Mark Stevenson
caught a 17.67-pound bass named Ethel out
David L. Campbell was the coordinator for
the ShareLunker program from its inception
in 1986 until his retirement in 2012. He
was a valued employee of Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department for 46 years.
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Timeline of Campbells
Career with TPWD
1965 Employed by TPWD at the Lewisville
State Fish Hatchery
1968 Transferred to Tyler Fish Hatchery
1973 Promoted to manager of the Tyler
Fish Hatchery
1973 Traveled to Florida to bring back
Florida largemouth bass for rearing
and experimental stocking
1986 Picked up ShareLunker No. 1
1989 Held workshops in Oklahoma,
Arkansas and Louisiana teaching
how to culture Florida bass
1995 Texas Black Bass Unlimited,
Presidents Conservationist Award
1996 Transferred to Ed Cox, Jr., Texas
Freshwater Fisheries Center in
Athens as hatchery manager and
ShareLunker program coordinator
1999 Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department, Employee Recognition
Award, Special Achievements
2005 Offce of the Governor of Texas,
Certifcate of Appreciation for 40
years of public service
2010 Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department, 45-year Service Award
2011 Inducted into the Texas Freshwater
Fishing Hall of Fame
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of Lake Fork. That fsh shattered all previous
records, garnered nationwide media coverage, and
changed fshing in Texas forever.
Campbell spent hours every night trying to get
the fsh to eat until he fnally nursed her back
to health. The importance of the success of that
effort is enormous: In part because that fsh lived,
a series of events took place that had a national
impact on bass fshing, a huge impact on the
Texas economy, and signifcant improvements
in the TPWD hatchery system, including
construction of a state-of-the-art hatchery,
ShareLunker care and breeding facility, visitor
center and Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
With Ethel the ShareLunker Program was born,
and catch-and-release conservation became a
way of life for trophy bass anglers. Since that time,
there have been more than 500 entries into the
ShareLunker program, and Campbells research
and insight into trophy bass have not only given
TPWD the largest collection of data on big bass in
the world, but have earned him the respect and
admiration of anglers and outdoor writers alike.
In addition, Ethel proved to be a fsh that
changed the world of bass fshing. After Campbell
nursed the fsh back to health, she was put on
display at Bass Pro Shops in Springfeld, Missouri,
where she pulled millions of visitors into the store.
Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris credited
Ethel with much of the success of the business,
saying that she was the best thing that ever
happened to Bass Pro in terms of getting people
into the store. In recognition of that contribution,
Morris donated $650,000 for the construction
of the Richard M. Hart and Johnny Morris
Conservation Center at the Texas Freshwater
Fisheries Center, which was built largely to house
the ShareLunker program.
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and donates millions annually to conservation.
As the coordinator of the ShareLunker program
for most of its 26-year history, Campbell picked
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miles or more annually and working all night and
many weekends to do so.
Campbell is untiringly modest about his
achievements, preferring to give credit for
his success to others. What stands out more
than anything else from the 26 years of the
ShareLunker program is the cooperation from
the anglers, he said. Anglers have been very
supportive of the program. They have learned how
to care for their big fsh, and they understand the
objective of the program is to increase the number
of trophy bass caught in Texas. If you dont have
the support of the people using the sport fshery
itself, you havent accomplished anything.
David L. Campbell has accomplished a great
deal.
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David Driskell and Craig Darby Top the Field
at Patriots Challenge Fishing Tournament
The early spring weather was windy as a front blew in to
challenge a feld of 18 competitors at the Patriots Challenge open
fshing tournament on February 25th. David Driskell and Craig
Darby got off to a great start and never looked back. Their fnal
weight of 22.91 lbs. included a nice 5.67 lb kicker to put them in
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and swim baits with a slow presentation. Jay Bennett and Steve
Evans brought in the days Big Bass with a 6.70lb caught at midday
with a Watermelon Fluke in 4 ft. of water, they also found fsh
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Todd Driscoll - Texas Parks and Wildlife
Movement of largemouth Bass
Following tournament-release
Tournament fshing is popular at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
TPWDs most recent estimates indicate that 52% of Sam
Rayburn anglers participate in at least one bass tournament
per year, compared to only 14% of all Texas anglers. We
also estimate that there are over 400 bass tournaments per
year at Sam Rayburn, with tournament fshing (including
practice fshing) comprising 49% of the total annual fshing
effort, and 64% of the bass fshing effort. Therefore, we
know that tournament anglers handle a large number of
bass every year at Sam Rayburn, and some of these fsh
may be relocated greater than 20 miles from their original
capture point. In addition, because a majority of the larger
tournaments conduct weigh-ins at the lower, southeast
end of the reservoir, concentration of largemouth bass at
weigh-in sites is also likely. These concerns can affect overall
angler catch rates, both in a negative (relocation) and
positive way (stockpiling following weigh-ins). If stockpiling
is severe, fsh growth, body condition, and survival may be
reduced.
At least 12 peer-reviewed studies have examined
largemouth bass movement and dispersal rates associated
with tournament weigh-in sites. Overall, combining most of
the study results, largemouth bass traveled an average of 1
mile from the release site within 40 days. By the end of the
various studies (study lengths ranged from 3 months to 2.5
years), the average dispersal distance for each bass was 2.2
miles, but 51% of fsh were still within 1 mile of the release
site. Only 14% of bass returned to their original capture site
(homing behavior), and 22% were recaptured by anglers.
The most recent studies tend to indicate higher rates of
dispersal and homing behavior. At Lake Rideau, Canada
(1996-1998), fsh were displaced from 1 to 10 miles. After 2
weeks, average dispersal distance of bass was only 440 yards.
However, 37% of fsh eventually returned to their original
capture site (all were displaced less than 5 miles). A study
at Chesapeake Bay, Maryland (2000) indicated that 64% of
largemouth bass had moved at least 0.3 miles within a week.
The average fnal dispersal distance of bass was 6 miles
from release sites and 95% were at least 0.3 miles away.
Even though fsh were displaced 9 to 13 miles from capture
areas, 30 to 40% of bass returned to initial capture areas. At
Lake Martin, Alabama (2005), bass moved an average of 5
miles from the release site after 10 weeks. After 2 months, no
fsh were in close proximity to the release site, and all fsh
tracked over 3 months returned to within the same general
area of capture.
However, the three recent studies above involved
simulated tournament conditions. That is, fsh were
collected with an electrofshing boat, implanted with
an electric transmitter, and then displaced to mimic
tournament displacement. The researchers did this to
minimize death of tagged bass by eliminating fsh stress
associated with livewell confnement and the weigh-in
process, as implanting transmitters is a signifcant stressor
by itself. Nearly all of the older studies used bass from actual
tournaments. This indicates that the rate and distance
largemouth bass disperse from a weigh-in site is related to
fsh condition. Fish in good shape likely disperse quicker
than stressed fsh.
Due to the variable results from these studies, it is hard
to make specifc conclusions relative to Sam Rayburn
or Toledo Bend reservoirs. In general, it appears that if
largemouth bass are released after tournaments in good
shape, only short-term stockpiling occurs at release sites, as
most fsh disperse from release sites within 2-3 months and
up to 40% of these fsh may return to original capture sites.
Although fsh displaced up to 13 miles have demonstrated
homing abilities, few make it back to original areas if
displaced over 6 miles. In contrast, as tournament-related
stress increases, bass will disperse less. Specifc rates of
movement following release are likely affected by available
habitat, food availability, location of release (main lake or
cove), fsh size, and water temperature.
Most importantly, a study we conducted at Sam Rayburn
in 2003-2004 indicates that population-level impacts of
tournament-related bass relocation and concentration
are likely low. No question, stockpiling at release sites does
occur, as we estimated that 31,050 bass were transported
to weigh-in sites during the one-year study. But, we also
estimated that tournament anglers transport only 5% of the
total largemouth bass population of legal-length (31,050 of
the 621,000 available bass) in one year. Simply put, only 1
out of 20 bass 14 inches in length or greater is subjected to
relocation and potential crowding at release sites per year.
Even though population-level effects are likely low,
tournament organizers should still do everything possible
to minimize potential overcrowding after release. Properly
aerated live-release boats or trailers should be used to
scatter fsh over broad areas, and weigh-ins should be spread
out over the entire reservoir. If you have questions about
this article or area lakes, stop by the Inland Fisheries offce
at the Jasper State Fish Hatchery or contact us by phone
(409-698-9114) or email (todd.driscoll@tpwd.state.tx.us).
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By Jodie Warner
Sunshine and warmer temperatures made for a good day for anglers fshing the Bud Light 2012 Big
Thicket Spring Team Division Tournament on Sam Rayburn Lake Sunday, Feb. 26.
Jim Nix and John Packard pulled ahead of the pack with a 19.53 lbs and a 6.64 lbs anchor. They
fshed the north end around Jackson Hill with Rat-L-Traps and Sixth Sense square bill cranks. They
said they had a slow day all day, but got four good ones and say that thats what won it for them. They
fshed in two to eight feet of water and said they just tried to fnd grass all day and caught the biggest
on around 7 or 7:30 a.m.
Second place, the team of Brian Branum and Keith White, was only ounces away from the win
at and stringer weight of 19.51 lbs and a big bass anchor at 8.44 lbs. Branum said that they fshed
around the 147 bridge area with his typical gear, a Santone M-Series prototype. He said that they really
didnt starting catching anything until about 9 a.m. and that White caught the frst one around 8:45
a.m. and the last one was caught about 30 minutes before they had to head to the weigh in. Branum
said that they were also fshing deeper than they normally do at around 12 feet. They would like to
acknowledge Santone Lures, R1-Bass, and the Sam Rayburn Tackle Monkey.
Third place went to Justin Sowell and Justin Cleveland with a stringer weight of 18.66 lbs.
The next tournament in the Big Thicket Team Series will be March 11 at Lake Livingston and the
next Toledo Bend/Rayburn Spring Team Division tournament will be held on March 18 at Cassels
Boykin. For more tournament information visit www.budlighttrail.com.
Jim Nix and John Packard win
Bud Light rail Big hicket Series with
19.53 lbs
1. 19.53 lbs Jim Nix and John Packard
2. 19.51 lbs Brian Branum and Keith White (Big Bass 8.44 lbs)
3. 18.66 lbs Justin Sowell and Justin Cleveland
4. 18.49 lbs Justin and Joe Lackey
5. 16.60 lbs Michael Trpkosh and Jeff Fisher
6. 16.31 lbs Jake Goodrum and Victor Seals
7. 15.98 lbs Andrew Faterkowski and Jeff Randolph
8. 14.57 lbs Steve Rhea and Mark Clark
9. 14.35 lbs Joseph Goodrum and Rick Witten
10. 13.65 lbs Nicholas Albus and John Anderson
Final results:
Jim Nix and John Packard took home the plaques and check for rst place at Feb.
26s Bud Light Trail Big Thicket Team Division Tournament with 19.53 lbs.
Branum and
White missed
the rst place
spot by a .02
margin with
19.51 lbs and
took home
the check and
plaque for
big bass with
their 8.44 lbs
big bass.
Justin Sowell and Justin Cleveland took home third with 18.66 lbs
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Larry Hodge
Toledo Bend Toyota ShareLunker
Biggest of Season to Date
ATHENSToledo Bend, the sprawling reservoir on the border
between Texas and Louisiana, produced the sixth Toyota ShareLunker
of the current season Saturday, a 14.20-pound largemouth bass that is
the largest entered so far this season.
Ryan Pinkston of Center was fshing in a Bass n Bucks tournament
when he caught the fsh about 2:00 p.m. while fshing in about fve
feet of 60-degree water.
Fishing was fairly slow at frst, Ryan said. I had about 20 pounds
and knew I had to get my weight up, so I pulled out a Jewel Heavy
Cover Football Jig and started throwing it. On about the second or third
cast, I hung the big fsh. The fsh went under the boat and wrapped me
up a little bit, and of course I thought that was the end of it.
Pinkston had no idea how big the fsh was until he actually got it
in the boat. I laid it in the foor, and thats when I knew it was not a
normal fsh, he said. It was huge. I didnt know if it was 11 or if it
was 15.
Pinkstons luck continued: On the next cast, he caught an 8.5-
pounder. He fnished the tournament in frst place with 36.06 pounds.
Following the tournament, Pinkston took the fsh to Toledo Town
and Tackle in Many, Louisiana , where it was weighed on certifed
scales at 14.20 pounds. It was put into a tank with two other fsh
to await pickup. The wrong fsh, an 11.7-pounder, was accidentally
picked up, and the error was not discovered until the fsh was weighed
at TFFC the next day. By that time the other fsh had been released.
This was an unfortunate error, but because the angler legally caught
the fsh and it was weighed on certifed scales, it is a valid entry into
the Toyota ShareLunker program, said Allen Forshage, director of
TFFC.
Toledo Bend has now produced fve ShareLunkers. The last was in
2008. The largest ShareLunker from the lake before Pinkstons catch
was a 14.25-pounder caught by Tanya Sorter in 2006. The current lake
record is 15.32 pounds caught by Eric Weems in July 2000.
Pinkstons catch makes him the frontrunner for Angler of the
Year. The person who catches the largest entry of the season will be
named Angler of the Year, and if that person is a Texas resident, he or
she will receive a lifetime fshing license. The Angler of the Year will
also receive a prize package from G. Loomis worth more than $700.
The package will include a G.Loomis NRX 854C JWR casting rod, a
71, fast-action, power-oriented casting and pitching stick designed
specifcally for fshing big bass in heavy cover. Its rated for 14 to
20-pound test line and lures ranging from 5/16 to ounces.
Also included will be a Shimano Chronarch 200 E7 casting reel. The
new Chronarch E reels feature a long list of proven Shimano features
including high effciency gearing, a lo-mass drilled spool system and
super stopper. For smoothness and durability, each has a shielded
A-RB ball bearing, fve shielded SUS bearings, and a roller clutch.
The 200 weighs in at 7.6 oz.; the amount of line retrieved per crank is
30-inches. A 150-yard spool of 30-pound green Power Pro braided line
will also be included.
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass
from Texas waters, public or private, between October 1 and April 30
may submit the fsh to the Toyota ShareLunker program by calling
program manager David Campbell at (903) 681-0550 or paging him
at (888) 784-0600 and leaving a phone number including area code.
Fish will be picked up by TPWD personnel within 12 hours.
ShareLunker entries are used in a selective breeding program at
the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens . Some of the
offspring from these fsh are stocked back into the water body from
which they were caught. Other ShareLunker offspring are stocked in
public waters around the state in an attempt to increase the overall
size and growth rate of largemouth bass in Texas .
Anglers entering fsh into the Toyota ShareLunker program receive
a free replica of their fsh, a certifcate and ShareLunker clothing and
are recognized at a banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
in Athens .
For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program,
tips on caring for big bass, a list of offcial Toyota ShareLunker
weigh and holding stations and a recap of last years season, see
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/sharelunker. The site also includes a searchable
database of all fsh entered into the program along with pictures where
available.
Information on current catches, including short videos
of interviews with anglers when available, is posted on
www.facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram.
The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible by a grant to the
Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation from Gulf States Toyota. Toyota is
a long-time supporter of the Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department, providing major funding for a wide variety of education,
fsh, parks and wildlife projects.
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By Patty Lenderman
Ever Changing Leaderboard Massey &
Holi eld wins 1st place at Bass N Bucks
on Sam Rayburn
What an exciting weigh in at Bass N Bucks on Sam Rayburn March 3, 2012. The leader board
continued to rise and change until the very end. Both Big Bass and overall standings were topped
throughout the tournament. Massey & Holifeld won the event with 26.03 pounds, Big Bass honors went
to Stevenson & Johnson with an 8.91 lb kicker.
It was a beautiful day that included warm temperatures in the 70s, short periods of scattered rain,
and a few wind gusts for a complete mix. This marked the fourth in a series of fve tournaments for the
Sam Rayburn Series of Bass N Bucks. From the looks of things and reports from the anglers, the male
bass were hungry and caught by the plenty. Several teams lucked out and found the hungry (and bigger)
females.
The frst big sack tallied on the scales, were from the father & son team of Jason and Ty Moorhead with
18.97 pounds. While their weight held for top 10, it was beat eight times before the scales offcially closed.
After a fght to the fnish in the fnal rankings, Craig Massey & Scott Holifeld held on for a 1st place
win with their 26.03 lb sack. We almost didnt fsh this one. That wind was pretty rough in practice!
While the wind may have been daunting, they knew they were on fsh and made the right decision to
compete. We stayed in one spot all day that was out of the wind. It was about a 200 yard stretch of
grass in 12 of water. We just went back and forth across it all day using crank baits, Carolina rigs and
rattle traps. Their decision to stay fshing and not running the lake paid off with a 1st place win and an
$8,000 check. The biggest fsh in their creel weighed 7.98 pounds, but every fsh in their limit made the
difference, as they won by less than a pound. Our last cull was within 15 minutes of having to come in.
We traded a 3.85# for a fve pounder. That last cull put them over the top for their win.
I would like to thank Matt Reed for taking us out on Sam Rayburn and showing us the lake.
Mark Stevenson and Frank Johnson won 2nd place and top spot for Big Bass. Partners on and off the
lake, Frank owns Johnson Custom Baits and Mark Stevenson is known for his Lake Fork Jigs. We started
out in the backs of coves in shallow water. That yielded them keeper fsh, but they were small ones not
what they were looking for. We decided to go to deeper, pre-spawn areas. Mostly points. After 12:00, the
bigger bass started to bite. They caught their ffth and biggest fsh that weighed 8.91 lbs. That was the
start to the bigger fsh biting. We ended up culling all of our other small ones. Their best cull added four
pounds to their weight, exchanging a two pounder for a 6 pounder, all caught on Quantum rods and
reels. Their fnal weight was 25.07 for a 2nd place fnish, but their 8.91 kicker added to their winnings as
Big Bass of the day.
1st place was won by Craig Massey & Scott Holield by less than a
pound. Their limit weighed 26.03 lbs yielding them an $8,000 payday
Mark Stevenson and Frank Johnson
won 2nd place with their 5 sh limit
weighing 25.07 pounds. They also
won Big Bass honors with their 8.91
lb kicker
Troy Reed and Albert Collins didnt have a particular kicker in
their bag, just all chunks totaling 23.18 lbs to win 3rd place
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Troy Reed and Albert Collins brought in 23.18 pounds to win 3rd
place overall. It was a slow day for us. We didnt catch a whole lot
of fsh, but the ones we did catch were all good ones. The biggest
part of their plan was to stay out of the wind. We stayed back in a
cove, and started out with top water and jerk baits. Those efforts
were snubbed by the fsh they were looking for, so they switched
to crank baits and Carolina rigs in 2-8 of water. We boated our
frst fsh at 8:30, and didnt catch another until 9:30. Then the bite
really picked up. At 1:00 we made our last cull of the day. They
would like to thank their sponsors, including 6th Sense Lures, E2
Baits and Skinny Bear Bass Jigs.
Butch Hollis of Hollis Tire Co. in Jasper, Texas and partner
Marc Woolems were the frst out of the money in 15th place, and
received two new reels from Lews.
Bass N Bucks 2012 tournament season is halfway over! Every
tournament is open to anyone who would like to fsh. The
remainder of the 2012 season is as follows:
Rayburn Series fnal: May 5, Umphrey Family Pavilion
Toledo Series: March 17 Big Bass Marina
April 14 Big Bass Marina
May 12 Cypress Bend
Rayburn Summer Series: June 9. July 14, August 4 Umphrey
Family Pavilion
For more information, rules or to enter online visit
www.BassNBucks.com or call 409-727-8941
1st 26.03 lbs Craig Massey & Scott Holifeld
2nd 25.07 lbs Mark Stevenson & Frank Johnson
3rd 23.18 lbs Troy Reed & Albert Collins
4th 22.44 lbs Alan Moore & Clint Teutsch
5th 20.99 lbs Shelby Shaw & Lance Hughes
6th 19.73 lbs Bill Cook & Bob Vote
7th 19.55 lbs Cory Rambo & Rusty Clark
8th 19.14 lbs Kevin Walker & Mac Rose
9th 18.97 lbs Jason Moorhead & Ty Moorhead
10th 18.63 lbs Brian Sewell & Matt Byrd
top 10 teaMs:
Butch Hollis of
Hollis Tire Co.
in Jasper, Texas
and partner Marc
Woolems were
the rst out of
the money in
15th place, and
received two new
reels from Lews.
Bob Vote and Bill Cook added to their 6th place
overall winnings with the Cabelas bonus
Congratulations to the top winners! (1st) Craig Massey & Scott
Holield; (2nd & Big Bass) Mark Stevenson & Frank Johnson;
(3rd) Troy Reed & Albert Collins
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By Robert Baker, TPWD
Bobwhite quail
fact and fantasy
Bobwhite quail have come to the forefront in some wildlife circles lately. With this renewed interest
in the decline of quail populations some questions have popped back up. These are some of the more
common comments that I have seen and heard of lately.
The fre ants have destroyed the quail population. This one is fantasy. Fire ants are no worse
than any other thing out there on quail. Fire ants will normally only get the birds that already have
something wrong with them or chicks that for whatever reason are not able to keep up with Momma
when hatched. In the literature, it has been shown that there are examples of stable quail populations
with high levels of fre ants (Southeast) and declining populations with no fre ants (North).
Stocking pen raised quail will reestablish a population of birds on my property. This one is fantasy.
Research conducted in several areas has shown that there is basically no survival from year to year
from pen raised birds. In fact most pen raised birds are dead within two weeks after release. Farm
raised birds do work well for training dogs, shooting operations, and restaurants.
Quail hunting adds to the natural mortality. This one is a defnite maybe. The answer to this
depends on when during the season the hunting takes places, lattitude, and pressure. Generally, the
later in the season the more quail harvest adds to the natural mortality. This is because the more
stressful times (freezing weather) that kill the most quail have taken place. Latitude is important
given that the higher the latitude (further North) the lower the annual survival. Pressure means
the percentage of population harvested. Above a certain point, additional harvest decreases annual
survival.
Quail dont need surface water to survive. This one is fact. This is not to say that quail would not
use surface water if available, but they can derive enough water from other sources for survival.
The other sources are from the water content in food that they eat (such as berries, bugs, etc..) and
metabolic water. Metabolic water is water derived from the burning of the food for energy.
White-tailed deer will eat a quail nest. This one is fact. Most everything will eat a quail nest. As a
part of some nest research Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee Florida has flmed two cases
of white-tailed deer eating quail nests. Video of this can be seen at the Tall Timbers Research Station
web site at www.talltimbers.org .
These have been some different things that many people have heard around the campfre or
coffee shop and may not have known what to think. Bobwhite quail are one of the most studied
animals out there and to learn more about them take a look at some of the excellent publications
available at www.tpwd.state.tx.us . Texas Parks and Wildlife Department needs the help of all quail
hunters to fght the quail population decline. Please take the time to fll out the survey at this link
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Crelia and Goodwin win rst Texas Team
Trail event on Lake Sam Rayburn!
BY: Jodie Warner
The frst ever Texas Team Trail presented by Cabelas was held on Lake Sam Rayburn on Saturday
March 10th. After a rainy week the lake level was up and the rain held off until around 3 p.m. just in
time for anglers to weigh in.
Weights were below average for the day, but in the end Phillip Crelia and TJ Goodwin pulled out a
win in the last fight with 25.23 lbs which included an 8.71 lbs big bass. They took home a Triton 18SE
boat with Mercury 150 ProXS motor, $750 for their big bass win with their total prize payout being
$25,750. They said they fshed in 5-8 feet of water in a little bit of grass and in stump areas. Crelia
and Goodwin used an assortment of tackle for their catches with Rat-L-Traps, jigs, and Chatterbait to
name a few. They admit that the day started slow, they only caught eight keepers and the big 8.71 lbs
bass all day. They had a limit at around 2 p.m. and culled about three times in the last 30 minutes
before weigh in. They are sponsored by Hometown Tackle and Marine, Legend and Roco Rescue.
The spot for second place was close with Ben Hogan and Kenny Moser taking home the prize with a
limit weighing 19.07 lbs beating out Stephen Johnston and Dicky Newberry who held the spot at 19.01
lbs for the prize money. Hogan and Moser took home $5,591 in prizes with $3,750 for second place,
$1,341 for Anglers Advantage, $250 in Ranger Bonus Cash, and another $250 in Mercury Bonus Cash.
They fshed in front of the bay within 300 yards down in greens with eight inch V&M Lizards and a
V&M Pork Pin. They admit that their day was also slow catching and only had three big bites all day.
They said that they only caught nine keepers all-day and fshed between four and eight feet of water.
see weekly reports at www.thelakecaster.com
Crelia and Goodwin took the top spot
with 25.23 lbs and Big Bass with a
8.71 lbs big sh
Hogan and Moser
came in 2nd to
barely beat out
Johnston and
Newberry with only
.06 of a pound
at 19.07 lbs total
weight
Johnston and Newberry didnt go
home empty-handed for their third
place nish with 19.01 lbs
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1. 25.23 lbs $25,750 Phillip Crelia and TJ Goodwin
2. 19.07 lbs $5,591 Ben Hogan and Kenny Moser
3. 19.01 lbs $4,262 Stephen Johnston and Dicky Newberry
4. 18.38 lbs $2,931 Danny Iles and Brian Shook
5. 18.12 lbs $2,435 Cory Rambo and Rusty Clark
6. 17.56 lbs $1,803 Todd Littleton and Daniel Chambers
7. 17.10 lbs $1,473 Jeff Wooldridge and Brad Griffn
8. 17.02 lbs $1,351 Randy Millender and Ricky Cannon
9. 16.68 lbs $1,811 Tommy Durham and Jayne Nichols
10. 15.98 lbs $1,811 Martin Elshout and Mark Price
Final results:
They are sponsored by Diamond Sports Marine, Ranger, Lee-Mos Smokehouse on Lake Fork, and
would like to thank Robin Johnston at Needmore Tackle.
In third place were Johnston and Newberry, with 19.01 lbs. They brought home $2,250 for their
placing, received a $1,012 Anglers Advantage payout, $250 from both Ranger and Mercury, and
$500 from Cabelas making their day worth a grand total of $4,262 in total prize money. They said
that they covered a lot of water. They started about halfway up the lake in four to eight feet of water
and when the TXTT camera boat was present caught about 15 bass and had a limit by 8 a.m. They
culled all throughout the day but never really had many four-pounders and culled some three-
pounders. They fshed inside grass lines from Caney Creek North with V&M Lizards, V&M Football
jigs, and Cyclone spinnerbaits. They are sponsored by Ranger, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Needmore Tackle,
V&M Cyclone Baits, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Talon, Foster Fence, Costa Sunglasses, Power Tackle
Rods, and Sun Line.
The Texas Team Trail is a new tournament trail to Texas and is off to a great start! There were
149 boats that hit the water Saturday vying for that new boat and big payouts. To fnd out more
information, visit their website at texasteamtrail.com. The next stop for the teams will by Ray
Roberts Lake on April 7 in Valley View, Texas.
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KEEPING ANGLERS INFORMED
TOLEDO IS BACK!!! TOLEDO IS ON!!!!!
by Pro Guide, Joe Joslin
Hello, Anglers!! I could hardly wait to get to my computer to
begin this column because there is so much good news to talk
about. Having just spent the last fve days on the water and
many other days the past month, one thing is sure...Toledo is
Back! At press time, the lake level is 169 feet! What????? 169????
Yes....169!!! This represents over a 9 foot rise since late 2011
and just in time for spring. We should have a great spawn this
year as the spawn started very early on my favorite fshing hole.
Currently, early April, there are still a few bass on the beds on
south Toledo. However, there are not as many on beds as normal
for early April since the spawn started early down south as
well. For the frst time in my 40 years of fshing Toledo, we had
numerous bass on the beds in the last one-third of February.
The fast-rising water levels put an extra 2-3 feet over some
bass beds which has made locating them a little more diffcult
for sight fshing but the late spawners are bedding in the edge
of very shallow dead grass of the new shoreline, making them
very vulnerable. I do not sight fsh for bedding bass even though
it is legal but that is another subject for another time. If you
wish to see my personal views on the controversial subject, go
to our website www.joejoslinoutdoors.com and click on News &
Views and you will see an article I wrote entitled Not By Sight.
I must add, to me it shows a lack of respect for the awesome
largemouth bass to throw a bait countless times into her
bedding area where she is doing what Mother Nature wired her
to do....reproduce. Meanwhile.....
TOLEDO IS HOPPING: On the Easter theme, Toledo is
hopping and as far as I know, every boat launch on the lake,
over 100 of them, are open and operating. That is a far cry from
November 1, 2011 when only 7 were open and most of those were
launch at your own risk mode. In mid-March the TOBI (Texas
Oilmans Bass Invitational) tournament with headquarters at
Cypress Bend Resort brought several hundred anglers to the
area and really gave the local businesses a shot in the arm.
Also, with beautiful weather, they caught a lot of bass and had
an outstanding event. I heard from some of these anglers and
several of them commented on a very impressive demo ride they
had at TOBI with Skeeters new 20 and 21 FX High Performance
bass boat rigged with the new Yamaha SHO 4-stroke. Skeeters FX
Series is one subject that I can have input since I am in my third
FX and looking forward to ordering my fourth in a few months.
Yes, I am prejudiced, but I have never been in any bass rig that
surpasses the FX. Several other tournaments also returned to
The Bend in March such as the Cowboy Division of Bass Fishing
League (BFL) which was fshed out of San Miguel Park.
BOATS AND TACKLE: Anglers seem to be more up-beat about
fshing and all aspects of the sport as boat sales are up at area
boat dealers as I am personally aware of 8-10 guys who have
recently bought or ordered new boats whereas this time last
year few were buying or even shopping seriously for a new rig.
Also, tackle and baits sales are up at the two local tackle stores
that I frequent the most on south Toledo. These businesses are
Tidbits and Tackle, located near the dam at the 3-Way stop on
Highway 111, and Jeane Tackle located just north of Evans, also
on Highway 111. Both report a great increase in sales of gas,
rods and reels as well as lures/baits. Since sales are up so is the
selection of baits/tackle as these business owners feel like they
can invest in more stock with increased hope that it will move
off the shelves instead of sitting there for months. This is all a
win/win for everyone and we are thankful.
FISHING SCENE THUMBS UP!! Actually, the bass were not
bothered by the low water as we had the best fall/winter ever
for us catching both a lot of fsh as well as some heavy-weights
up to 10 lbs 13 ozs which was caught mid-December. The great
fshing continues with an early spring and lots of rain which has
moved a lot of the bass into shallow shoreline grass as well as
the submerged grassline in 6 to 14. Check out our full fshing
report in another portion of Lakecaster listed in South Toledo
Fishing Report. Thanks to so many of you who read our columns
and fsh with us. Without you guys I would not have such an
awesome job. Thank you God!
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist,
tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn.
Contact him at 337-463-3848 or joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com .
and WEBSITE www.joejoslinoutdoors.com
South Louisiana angler, Ryan LeJeune, with a big Toledo
bass caught in Mill Creek on a Carolina Rig.
DiD you know?
Putting a dryer sheet under your collar or
in your Pockets helPs to rePel mosquitos & gnats!
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By Bill & Barbara Long
Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo WON!
Anglers Quest Rayburn Team Series # 3
Rayburn Saturday Series
March 10, 2012
Anglers Quest 2012 Sam Rayburn Team Series # 3 out of The
Umphrey Pavilion at Sam Rayburn, Tx began this event with 118
teamed anglers showing up to fsh for the $7,820.00 purse. Any
team entering 6 of the 8 Sam Rayburn Team Series events will
automatically qualify for the 2-day Rayburn Championship. The top
team in points after all 8 events will be declared the Team Anglers of
the Year and will be awarded free entries to all 2013 Rayburn Team
Series events. The teams entering all 8 Rayburn Team series events
will automatically qualify for all 3 of the Lakes Team Series 2-day
Championships. Any team qualifying for any A/Q Championship will
be allowed to enter the Tournament of Champions on October
20-21 at Lake Falcon.
This 2nd event of 2012 was started at 6:10 am. Sam Rayburn
water was in good shape and 6.0 feet below normal pool level with
water temps running 54-55 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a
windy 44 degrees with a warming to 64 degrees by weigh in time.
The fsh catching was pretty good on Big Sam as there were 31 limits
brought to the scales, for a total of 177 bass at 407.06 lbs making the
average bass to weigh 2.29 lb.
The 2009-2010-2011 Angler of the year team of Rusty Clark from
Sam Rayburn, Tx & Cory Rambo from Orange, Tx run their bass
rig to north lake areas over grass to catch their bass throwing swim
baits & light Carolina rigs in 2-10 ft of water. They managed to cull
several times to fnish with 18.09 lbs for the win and made them
$2,200.00 for his day on the water.
Rodney Owens from Ragley, La & Scott Gill from DeRidder, La run
their bass rig to north lake creek areas to probe the ditches, drains
& points with grass to bring 16.22 lbs to the scales. One of their bass
was the Big Bass of the event, a fne 8.87 lber. They fnished in 2nd
and collected $1,300.00.
The team of Justin Joachimi from Bronson, Tx & Charles Evans Jr
from St Augustine, Tx fnished in 3rd with 15.59 lbs and took home
$950.00 for their day on the water.
The team of Richard Wagnon from Call, Tx & Sam Musick from
Brookeland, Tx fnished in 4th with 15.48 lbs and collected $750.00.
Rick Barns & Ronnie Bickham had 15.12 lbs to fnish in 5th and
collect $550.00 in this event. Tommy Hill & Bubba Frazier fnished
in 6th and made them selves $450.00 for their day on the water.
There was a total of 11 places paid in this event. The entire results
from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at
www.anglers-quest.com .
A/Q would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who offer
the Incentive Bonus dollars for our anglers in the Anglers Quest
Tournament Trail, Tiremax, Bowden Marine, Power Pole Captains
Cash, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Martels Rhino Bed Liners, Buster
McNuttys Gift Cards and PAA membership bonus. Please read the
qualifcations for these great incentives on our Anglers Quest website.
2012 schedules & results for all Anglers Quest series events are
now available online at www.anglers-quest.com.
Anglers Quest suggest the use of these sponsors products
& services: Automated Mailing Solutions, Bowden Marine Sales &
Service, Buster McNuttys, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, Tx-Chamber,
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Ltd, Humble Sign Co, Jasper Economic Development District # 1,
J&C Carts, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lone Star
Buffet, Martels Welding Works, Power Pole, Rayburn Country Resort,
Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Santone Lures, Solar Bat Sunglasses,
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God Bless & Good Fishing to All
Anglers Quest,
Mr Bill & Barbara Long
Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo,
dominating Anglers of the Year
for this Anglers Quest Series, took
another 1st place shing shallow
water, bringing in over 18 lbs.
Rodney Owens & Scott Gill
won 2nd place with 16.22
lbs, plus took Big Bass
honors with their 8.87 lb
kicker.
Congratulations to the top 11 teams who went home with checks!
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of the
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Need a new fshing spot? Texas Parks and Wildlife is working hard for you. Maybe you dont know
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TP&W has begun an ongoing project to create and provide areas with brush piles to attract fsh
and increase angler success. We placed the fsh attractors to increase angler catch (primarily
crappie). We have folks that call and want to fsh Rayburn, but have no idea where to go. Now we
can direct them to these publically available locations/GPS coordinates. To maximize use of the fsh
attractors, we place them in areas that will be out of the wind most of the time Todd Driscoll,
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Or you can utilize the maps provided. All three of the brushpiles are located on the southern end
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Good luck good fshing get out there and catch some!
If you have a GPS, you can easily fnd the brush piles using these coordinates:
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By Bill & Barbara Long
Chris McCall WINS!
Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual Series # 3
March 11, 2012
Anglers Quest 2012 Sam Rayburn Individual Series # 3 out of The
Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, Tx began this event with 24 anglers
showing up to fsh for the $2,200.00 purse. This 3rd event of 2012
was started as a trailoring event at 7:10 am. The weigh in time was
conducted at 3:30 pm. Any Individual entering 6 of the 8 Individual
series at Sam Rayburn will automatically qualify for the 2-day Rayburn
Championship. The top Individual in points after all 8 events will be
declared the Angler of the Year and will be awarded free entries to all
2013 Rayburn Individual Series events. The Individuals entering all
8 Rayburn Individual series events will automatically qualify for all 3
of the Lakes Individual Series 2-day Championships. Any Individual
qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the
Tournament of Champions on October 20-21 at Lake Falcon.
Sam Rayburn water was in good shape and 6.00 feet below normal
pool level with water temps running 54-55 degrees. The weather at
takeoff was a windy 50 degrees with a warming to 63 degrees by weigh
in time. The fsh catching was decent on Big Sam as there were 7 limits
brought to the scales, for a total of 52 bass at 109.68 lbs making the
average bass weight 2.10 lbs.
Chris McCall from Brookeland, Tx run his bass rig to newly fooded
bushes and hay grass in shallow water 2-7 ft. Reporting that the
weather wasnt much better than the bite, he only had about 9 pounds
in the boat at 1:30. Then it really started raining, and between 1:30 and
2:20 he estimates catching around 20 keepers, culling all of his initial
limit with a white Santone Swim Jig, trailered with a yellow Gambler
Flappy Daddy. He fnished in 1st place with 14.36 lbs and made him
$1,000.00 for his day on the water. He would like to thank his sponsors,
including Legend Boats, Evinrude, Tour Star, Gambler, Santone Lures
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Lamar Jones from Beaumont, Tx run his Bass Rig to mid lake Caney
creek areas to fnish his day in 2nd with 3 bass at 13.65 lbs, one of his
bass was the Big Bass of the event at 7.66 lbs. Lamar collected $620.00
for his day on the water. Glen Kimble from Lufkin, Tx fnished 3rd with
5 bass at 12.08 lbs and collected $300.00. Rodney Dotson fnished in 4th
with 5 bass at 11.96 lbs and collected $160.00 for his day on the water.
The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers
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With better sh biting during the rainstorm,
Chris McCall takes a 1st place win with 14.36 lbs
Lamar Jones won 2nd place
having 13.65 lbs. Only bringing
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Lamar Jones, Glen Kimble, Rodney Dotson & Tommy Hill
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On March 17th & 18th Anglers Quest will be at Lake Houston Marina on Lake Houston for the 3rd of
8 Houston Saturday Team & Individual Series events. Anglers Quest will be back at The Pavilion on Sam
Rayburn on March 31st & April 1st for the 4th of 8 Sam Rayburn Saturday Team & Individual Series events.
On April 14th & 15th Anglers Quest will be back at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston for the 4th of
8 Saturday Team & Individual Series events. Anglers Quest is now accepting Credit Cards. Pre enter any event
and you DO NOT have to report to the A/Q bus the morning of the events. Call Mr Bill or Barbara Long at 281-
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The 2012 Bassmaster Classic returned to the Red River in Shreveport-
Bossier, Feb. 24-26, 2012 and provided plenty of excitement for all
attending. The event was billed as the Super Bowl of bass fshing and
is certainly one of the largest events ever held in this region. The Red
River fshery has hosted 10 other pro-level Bassmaster events since
2000. Many of the top anglers of the world have made their presence
known at this tournament and to win the Bassmaster Classic can indeed
be a career changing event.
The 2009 Bassmaster Classic shattered all previous attendance
records, attracting more than 137,000 fans to the Red River,
CenturyLink Center and the Shreveport Convention Center, but when
the fnal numbers are tallied the 2012 event may be just as good or
even better. The 2012 Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo featured 150
vendors featuring the latest in fshing tackle, new boat models and
engines, outdoor gear and was held at the Shreveport Convention
Center.
The 2012 Bassmaster Classic feld was outstanding and led by
defending champion Kevin VanDam who has been to the Classic 22
times. There were six former Bassmaster Classic champions in the feld
for 2012 Denny Brauer, Davy Hite, Michael Iaconelli, Alton Jones,
Takahiro Omori and Kevin VanDam. There were also seven former
Bassmaster Anglers of the Year in the feld Denny Brauer, Davy Hite,
Tim Horton, Michael Iaconelli, Aaron Martens, Gerald Swindle and
Kevin VanDam.
But when the smoke cleared, Chris Lane, a 36 year old pro from
Guntersville, Alabama, took home the $500,000 pot of gold and the
winners title with a three-day total of bass (5 bass per day) weighing 51
pounds and six ounces.
So how did all of this get started? Well lets take a quick stroll down
memory lane
1967 While watching a basketball game in a Jackson, Miss. motel
room in March, Ray Scott puts the idea and rules together for
the frst modern bass tournament. In June, Scott conducts the
All-American Bass Tournament on Beaver Lake, Ark. charging
106 anglers from 13 states a $100 entry fee. Stan Sloan wins
the event and earns $2,000 cash and a trip to Acapulco
1968 - The frst issue of Bassmaster Magazine is published.
1969 - Bob Cobb takes offce as the editor of Bassmaster Magazine,
replacing Ray Scott.
1970 - Roland Martin fshes his 1st BASS event, the Toledo Bend
Invitational and gets second. In his frst 25 events, Martin
wins 7 times, fnishes second 8 times.
Bill Dance becomes the frst Bassmaster Angler of the Year and
BASS has eight employees and 10,000 members.
1971 - Bobby Murray wins the frst Bassmaster Classic and collects
$10,000 in the winner-take-all championship on Lake Mead,
Nev. Classic competitors were not told the location of the
Classic until their plane was airborne.
1972 - BASS holds the frst catch-and-release tournament, the
Florida National, on Lake Kissimmee. The event is won by
Tom Mann. Today, more than 90 percent of BASS members
practice catch-and-release.
1973 - Aerators are used in livewells to conform to the new BASS
catch-and-release tournament rule.
1974 - George Perry, who caught the 22-4 world record largemouth
in 1932, dies in plane crash near Birmingham, Ala.
1975 - Angler of the Year Roland Martin is all-time leading money
winner with $47,823.
1976 - Rick Clunn wins Bassmaster Classic VI on Lake Guntersville,
Ala. the frst of his four Classic crowns.
1977 - Rick Clunn becomes the frst and only angler to win back-
to-back Bassmaster Classics, this time claiming the title on
Floridas Lake Tohopekaliga. It is the frst Classic not held on a
mystery lake. BASS announced the location of the Classic in
advance so that media and fans could make plans to attend.
1978 - Bobby Murray wins his 2nd Bassmaster Classic on Ross
Barnett Reservoir, Miss.
1979 - Hank Parker wins his frst Bassmaster Classic, taking the title
on the Texas- Oklahoma border on Lake Texoma. Ray Scott is
inducted into the International Game Fish Associations Hall
of Fame.
1980 - BASS membership reaches 350,000.
1981 - The Classic weigh-in is held indoors at the Montgomery, Ala.,
Civic Center.
1982 - BASS membership tops 400,000.
1983 - Oklahoma fsheries biologist Ken Cook turns pro after
winning $100,000 in the frst Super BASS Tournament, the
richest payout in BASS history.
1984 - Rick Clunn sets the Bassmaster Classic winning weight record
with 75 pounds, 9 ounces on the Arkansas River as he wins his
third Classic title. Honorary weighmasters at the event include
future U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
1985 - Roland Martin wins his ninth Bassmaster Angler of the Year
award.
1986 - Helen Sevier and a group of investors purchase B.A.S.S. from
Ray Scott.
1987 - Kevin VanDam fshes his frst BASS event, the New York
Invitational on the St. Lawrence River. The 19-year-old
fnishes 110th out of 311 anglers. VanDam becomes a full-
time professional angler a few years later and immediately
makes his presence known, fnishing in the top 50 of 28
consecutive BASS events.
1988 - George Bush is elected President. New York Times
correspondent Maureen Dowd reports his favorite magazine is
Bassmaster Magazine.
1989 - Hank Parker wins his second Bassmaster Classic title, this
time on the James River in VA His margin of victory is just 2
ounces, and takes top spot after a keeper bass is accidentally
dropped into the water by runner-up Jim Bitter.
Things You May Not Know
About the Bassmaster Classic
By Jim Binns
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1990 - BASS membership totals 525,000.
1991 - Larry Nixon wins his fourth MegaBucks event and becomes
the frst angler to surpass $1,000,000 in BASS prize money.
1992 - Kevin VanDam wins his frst Bassmaster Angler of the Year
title.
1993 - Randy Dearman wins the Texas Invitational on Sam Rayburn
Reservoir using Lynch Line, a fshing line made of high-
tech synthetic material used in bulletproof vests. His victory
launches the superline revolution.
1994 - Bryan Kerchal is the 1st Federation Nation qualifer to win the
Classic. Less than fve months later he is killed in a commuter
plane crash in North Carolina.
1995 - BASS membership is 660,000, and the BASS Federation Nation
is established in 46 states, Asia and Africa.
1996 - First place prize money for Bassmaster Classic is raised from
$50,000 to $100,000
1997 - Dion Hibdon, whose father, Guido, won the Bassmaster Classic
in 1988, wins the closest Bassmaster Classic ever. He defeats
Federation Nation qualifer Dalton Bobo by a single ounce
after Bobo loses 4 ounces to a dead fsh penalty.
1998 - Guido Hibdon wins at the James River, Richmond, VA
1999 - Mark Tyler catches a 14-pound, 9-ounce largemouth bass at
the California Western Invitational on the California Delta. It
is the largest bass ever caught in BASS competition.
2000 - 54 years old Woo Daves becomes the oldest angler to win the
Bassmaster Classic.
2001 - ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports, purchases B.A.S.S...
Kevin VanDam wins his frst Bassmaster Classic, claiming the
crown on the Louisiana Delta.
2002 - Rick Clunns streak of 28 consecutive Bassmaster Classic
appearances ends
2003 - Michael Iaconelli wins Classic on the Louisiana Delta, New
Orleans, Louisiana
2004 - Takahiro Omori wins Bassmaster Classic XXXIV on North
Carolinas Lake Wylie, becoming the frst foreign born angler
to claim fshings biggest title.
2005 - Rick Clunn wins ESPNs Greatest Angler Debate. Roland
Martin fnishes second.
2006 - First place prize money for the Bassmaster Classic is raised
from $200,000 to $500,000.
2007 - Rick Clunn fshes in his 31st Bassmaster Classic.
2008 - BASS celebrates its 40th anniversary.
2009 - The 2009 Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport-Bossier City, La.,
attracts more than 137,000 fans to the competition and
the associated events. The throngs of crowds shatter the old
Classic attendance records by more than 50,000.
2010 - Kevin Van Dam uses a Strike King Red Eye Shad on Lay Lake,
Alabama to claim his third Bassmaster Classic trophy.
2011 - Kevin Van Dam wins again on the Louisiana Delta.
2012 - Chris Lane wins the prestigious event with 51 pounds -
6 ounces.
So there you are what I consider to be true Bassmaster Classic
highlights from past years. My congratulations and thanks to Ray Scott
and the entire B.A.S.S. organization for providing us with such exciting
events.
Good Fishing - JB
Heaviest Total Weight Paul Elias with 132-8 (2008) at Lake
Falcon, Texas
Largest Bass Mark Tylers 14-9 (1999) at the California Delta, Calif.
Most Bassmaster Tournament Victories Kevin VanDam with 20
Heaviest Single Day Catch Dean Rojas (2001) with 45-02 at Lake
Tohopekaliga, Fla.
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Crappie
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April 28, 2012
on Toledo Bend @ Cypress Bend Park
$3,000 GUARANTEED
Plus 100% payback of All entry fees!
--------------------------Offcial Entry Form--------------------------
Division (check one): ____ OPEN _____ YOUTH
T-Shirt Size(s) (1)_______ (2)_______
(We), hereby release Crappie for Cash and all participating parties
hosting this tournament from any loss of property, and bodily injury
or loss of life that may occur during this tournament. I understand that
selected contestants may be required to take and pass a polygraph test
to qualify for the receipt of any prize and in order to verify compliance
with all tournament rules. I/We agree that my (our) name and or photo
may be used by Crappie for Cash promotional purposes.
Partner One
Name
Address
City / State / Zip
D.O.B. Phone #
Signature
Partner Two
Name
Address
City / State / Zip
D.O.B. Phone #
Signature
TWO Divisions Open or Youth
OPEN must have at least one adult team member.
YOUTH must be one adult and a child between the ages of 6 & 16
Entry fee is $125 per team (1 or 2 people)
Includes Big Fish entry
Mandatory Rules Meeting
Friday, April 27th @ Cypress Bend 7:00pm
Mailed entries must be received by April 26th
Enter by April 18th to receive a FREE T-shirt and
qualify for the free entry drawing
Entries may be dropped off or mailed to
Crappie for Cash, c/o Sabine River Authority
15091 Texas Hwy., Many, LA 71449
1:00pm
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By: Susie Anthony
6TH Annual
CRAPPIE FOR CASH
TOURNAMENT
Crappie Fever is Here Again!! The Sabine
River Authority is proud to be hosting the sixth
annual Crappie for Cash tournament on
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Cypress Bend Park
Pavilion. $3000.00 guaranteed in payout plus
100% payback of all entry fees! The Sabine River
Authority is hosting this non-proft tournament
for economic development. There are 2 divisions
this year, Open Division and Youth Division.
The Open Division must be at least one adult.
The Youth Division must be one adult and one
child between the ages of 6 and 16 years old. The
prize money will be pro-rated by the number of
entries into each division. If you are fshing with
a youth you can choose not to enter the Youth
Division and enter the Open Division. The entry
fee is $125.00 per team, this includes the big
fsh entry. A team may consist
of either one or two people. Live
or artifcial bait may be used.
Crappie must be weighed at the
offcial Crappie for Cash weigh-
in site located at Cypress Bend
Park. All contestants are subject
to polygraph testing. Since this
a family oriented tournament
no alcoholic beverages are
allowed during tournament
hours or until all polygraphs
have been completed. There will
be a Mandatory rules meeting
held on Friday April 27th at
Cypress Bend Park Pavilion at
7:00 pm. You must attend this meeting to receive
your team number to be eligible to fsh in the
tournament. Door prizes will be awarded and
payouts will be announced at the mandatory
meeting. Entries may be dropped off or mailed
to Crappie for Cash c/o Sabine River Authority
15091 Texas Hwy. Many, LA. 71449. Mail in
entries must be received before close of business
on Thursday, April 26, 2012 to be eligible to fsh
the tournament. All entries received on or before
April 18th will be entered into a drawing for free
entry to the Crappie for Cash tournament and
receive a free t-shirt. Entries will also be accepted
at the mandatory rules meeting on Friday at 7:00
pm. For more information you may call Susie
Anthony at 318-256-4112 or 800-259-5253.
800-278-7895
3445 Phelan Blvd, Suite B
Beaumont 77707
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Come join me for a fun and enjoyable fishing trip on
legendary Lake Sam Rayburn for Bass or Crappie.
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Patriots Challenge Open Fishing Tournament
Won by Ronnie Milner and Mark Couch
Honor and Remember Flag Campaign Announced
Cloudy and windy conditions welcomed anglers to last weekends Patriots Challenge Open. It was a
roadrunner tournament with teams trailering to take advantage of the windy conditions. The recent
surge of fresh water over the past several days was expected to throw a few new pieces into the fguring
out Mother Natures bass puzzle. It did not take long for Ronnie Milner and Mark Couch to take early
control of the tournament. As they eased into their frst spot Ronnie decided to throw a top water to
begin the day. On his second cast the yellow magic exploded off the water and a short time later the
guys secured the 8.41 lb. big girl. She is beautiful with no sign of using her tail to fan a nest yet. they
continued to work the area using wacky worms and carolina-rigged baby brush hogs to build their
total and before 10:30 they had their 18.10 lb sack that bested the rest of the feld. N Dee Williams and
Kyle Rawlins came in second with 15.87 and Scott Morehead and John Hale fnished third with an
11.63 lb limit of spring time large mouths.
At the weigh in Buck Collins from the Wounded Warrior Association of East Texas presented an
Honor and Remember Flag to Jackson Hill Marina and asked the group for their support in petitioning
the Texas Legislature to offcially adopt the Honor and Remember Flag as part of the National drive
to create a new National symbol of gratitude and respect to those who gave their lives in the service of
their Country.
On December 29th George Anthony Lutz II (Tony) was killed by a snipers bullet while he was on
patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. As the family endured the shock, emotional agony and overwhelming loss
of Tony they also found commonality and comfort with the families of other fallen heroes. It is every
families quest for fnal acceptance and to be at peace knowing that their loved one did not die in
vain and that they would not be forgotten. When Tonys father George Lutz discovered that there is no
universally recognized symbol that specifcally acknowledges the men and women of our U.S. Armed
Forces who never made it home. Consequently, the Honor and Remember Flag was conceived. Nine
States have already adopted the Honor and Remember Flag while Texas and eight other States have
endorsed it and twenty additional States are currently in process.
The unique feature of the Honor and Remember Flag is the ability to personalize it and the goal is
to place a personalized fag in the hands of the immediate families of every man and woman who died
in Military service to America.
Terry and Connie Sympson of Jackson Hill Marina is organizing a local effort to identify fallen
heroes from East Texas. As part of their ongoing Patriots Challenge fund raising Jackson Hill is
planning on Honoring and Remembering these fallen heroes by having each boat at their September
Championship carry the their name and to use a portion of the money raised by the tournament to
purchase fags for each of their immediate families. If you would like to help in any way, donate or
submit a name of a family member who gave their life so that we may Honor and Remember them
you can contact Terry Sympson at terry@jacksonhill.us or 936-872-9266. You can get additional
information about the Honor and Remember Flag or donating to the campaign by going to our local
Texas State chapter website www.tx.honorandremember.com headquartered in Jasper, Texas as part of
the Wounded Warrior Association of East Texas and Jasper VFW Post 6380.
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Its Lunker Season!
FFC is headquarters for the Toyota ShareLunker Program, which encourages anglers who have
caught 13-pound-plus largemouth bass to lend or donate the fsh to TPWD for spawning purposes.
If you catch a lunker, check the program rules and call our 24-hour pager at 1-888-784-0600,
1-888-784-0600.
To qualify for a fberglass replica from The Toledo Bend Lake Association and Toledo Town & Tackle
you must comply with the following rules:
1. Fish must weigh a minimum of 10 lbs. All fsh over 12 lbs. caught between June 1st-May 30th fall
under the Toledo Bend Lake Associations Guidelines.
2. Fish must be legally caught in Toledo Bend Reservoir by sporting means; ex. rod and reel, pole
and hook. Any fsh caught by hand line, set line, net, trap, seine or snagging is not eligible.
3. Fish must be weighed on ASGS approved scales at one of the following locations: Toledo Town
and Tackle at intersection LA 191 and LA 6, Pirates Cove Marina, Huxley Bay marina, Newells
Fishing World, or weighed on offcial scales during a fshing tournament held on Toledo Bend
Reservoir.
Toledo Town & Tackle: 318-256-5613, 318-256-5613
Pirates Cove Marina: 318-565-4467, 318-565-4467
Huxley Bay Marina: 936-368-2494, 936-368-2494
Newells Fishing World: 409-625-4928, 409-625-4928
Jackson Hill Park Marina 936-872-9266
American Angler 936-872-3451
Powell Park 409-584-2624
Shirley Creek 936-854-2233
Sam Rayburn Marina 409-698-2696
Piney Point Store 409-698-2309
Tx Parks & Wildlife 409-384-9572
Brookeland/Sam Rayburn KOA 409-698-3422
Lowes Creek Park 409-787-2600
Mid Lake Kampground 409-625-4611
Holly Park 409-625-4424
Pendleton Harbor Marina 409-625-4912
Pleasure Bend Store 409-579-2203
Toledo Tackle 318-256-5613
Fin & Feather Resort 409-579-2056
Bass Haven Resort 318-286-9239
Pirates Cove 318-565-4467
Huxley Bay Marina 936-368-2494
Newells Fishing World 409-625-4928
Newells (night) 936-332-4399
Certifed Scale Locations
TOLEDO BEND SAM RAYBURN
Current ShareLunker Entries (9)
Date Angler Name Home Town Weight Length Girth Water Body
12/27/2011 Andrew Watson Highland Village, TX 13.51 25.5 21.25 Lake Fork
12/28/2011 Jason Brudnicki Salt Lake City, UT 13.36 26.25 21 Falcon
01/29/2012 Brett Ketchum Austin, TX 13 25.75 20.25 Austin
02/11/2012 Wesley Hayden Round Rock, TX 13.22 26 21.25 Austin
02/14/2012 Landon Glass Jarrell, TX 13.03 25.75 21.75 Austin
02/25/2012 Ryan Pinkston Center, TX 14.2 Toledo Bend
03/03/2012 Stan Lawing Poetry, TX 13.06 25 21 Ray Roberts
03/16/2012 Gary Wingate Amarillo, TX 14.39 26.5 20.75 Falcon
03/18/2012 Michael Justus Garland, TX 13.1 25.75 21 Lake Fork
The Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program is a program designed to return trophy fsh back to the
wild. Entries are accepted 365 days a year.
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4. Anglers must present their fshing licenses or proof of exemption to the witness at the time of
weighing.
5. Angler must agree to release their fsh to Toledo Town & Tackle to be released back into the lake
alive.
6. A designated witness at one of the above locations must verify and attest to the weight of fsh and
the live release of fsh back into Toledo Bend Reservoir.
7. A fsherman receiving a replica as part of tournament winnings will not be awarded a duplicate
replica.
To qualify for a fberglass replica from the Toledo Bend Lake Association you must comply with the
following rules:
1. The program is limited to Largemouth Bass weighing 10 lbs. or more that are legally caught in
Louisiana waters from June 1st-May 30th of the current year.
2. A replica of the lunker and a certifcate of appreciation will be given to the fsherman after his/
her transfer of all the rights for the use and ownership of the accepted lunker to TBLA.
3. An TBLA Inland Fisheries Biologist will be responsible for accepting a fsh into the program,
based on his judgement that the fsh will be able to survive.
4. The fsh must be alive and in good condition.
These replicas are always distributed at the McDonalds Big Bass Splash at Cypress Bend Park.
HANDLING TIPS:
Transfer the fsh to a well-aerated livewell or igloo cooler, out of light sunlight.
Do not hold the fsh out of water longer than 30 seconds.
Go Immediately to an offcial weigh site to have your fsh weighed.
Always wet your hands before handling the fsh. Use both hands; one frmly grasping the lower
jaw and the other supporting its weight just behind the belly, or use a knotless, fne mesh, soft
net, or plastic weigh bag to transfer the fsh.
Seasonal Year: 2011
Name Date Caught Weight Length Girth
Tammy Davis Sun, 03/11/2012 11.24 24 21.34
Joseph Storozyszyn III Sat, 03/10/2012 11.06 24.5 19.5
Blake Trahan Sat, 03/10/2012 10.01 22.5 19
Charlie Thibodeaux Tue, 03/06/2012 11.96 26.75 22
Ryan Pinkston Sat, 02/25/2012 14.2 25.5 20.75
Christopher Garcia Sat, 02/25/2012 11.74 25.13 20.75
Kevin McGowen Sat, 02/25/2012 10.8 23.75 20
Donald Jeane Mon, 12/19/2011 11.3 25.5 19.75
Donald Boudreaux Sun, 12/18/2011 12 27 20.25
Bobby Burnette Fri, 12/02/2011 10.8 25.5 18.75
A.P. Castino Sat, 07/16/2011 10.79 27.5 19.5
Donald Stephens Thu, 06/30/2011 11.04 25 18
Ron Hendricks Fri, 06/24/2011 11.34 28 19
Kevin Faircloth Sun, 06/12/2011 10.18 25 18.75
Martin Mayo Sun, 06/05/2011 10.42 25 18.5
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april 2012
1 Anglers Quest Rayburn Indivudal - 1st Series #4 Umphrey Pavilion
1 BLT T. Bend/Rayburn Division Cassells Boykin
7 Patriots Challenge Jackson Hill
12-14 FLW Everstart Series Umphrey Pavilion
14 Media Bass Jackson Hill
20-22 McDonalds Big Bass Splash Umphrey Pavilion
28 Bass Champs East Division Umphrey Pavilion
28 Ignition Bass Youth Fishing League Jackson Hill
28 Fishers of Men Jackson Hill
28 2012 Texas State Bass Tournament Cassells Boykin
May 2012
5 CAST Southeast Region Couples Tournament Cassels Boykin
5 Anglers Quest Rayburn Team - 1st Series #5 Umphrey Pavilion
5 Bass N Bucks Sam Rayburn Series Umphrey Pavilion
5 Houston Plumbers Crappie Tournament Jackson Hill
6 Anglers Quest Rayburn Indivudal - 1st Series #5 Umphrey Pavilion
12 Media Bass Jackson Hill
18-20 Coburns Fish Fest Umphrey Pavilion
19 Fishers Of Men Jackson Hill
20 BLT Big Thicket Trail Twin Dikes
20 2 Of Us Southeast Region Couples Jackson Hill
25-26 Bassmaster Weekend Series Umphrey Pavilion
26 Patriots Challenge Jackson Hill
26 Dr. Bill Sheltons Fishing Adventure Cassels Boykin
June 2012
1 Eagle Rock Crappie Tournament Umphrey Pavilion
2 Anglers Quest Rayburn Team - 2nd Series #1 Umphrey Pavilion
2 Patriots Challenge Jackson Hill
3 Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual - 2nd Series #1 Umphrey Pavilion
8-10 Big Bass Mania Jackson Hill
9 Bass N Bucks Summer Series Umphrey Pavilion
9-10 2nd Annual BLT Sam Rayburn Big Bass Tournament Jackson Hill Marina
16 Bass Champs East Division Umphrey Pavilion
16 Fishers Of Men Jackson Hill
23 Media Bass Jackson Hill
23 Extreme Crappie Jackson Hill
Sam Rayburn Tournament Schedule
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LAKE
FISHING
REPORT
Lake level information
updated daily at
www.TheLakecaster.com
Lake level as of 3/28/12
(162.51)
Normal pool level
(164.40)
For lake level updates
and generation schedules,
call 409-384-5716.
less than
two feet from
Full Pool!
Fishing Forecast
Lynn Atkinson
cell 979-220-0251
Reel Um N Guide
Service,
www.rayburncountry.com
April has arrived! Weve been getting
some much needed rain and the lake has
been coming up. The water has moved
into the feld grass and bean brushes
that grew around the shoreline when
the water was down. All that vegetation
is now making some great habitat
for the bass to use. Flipping into little
holes and pockets comes to mind and
that is always a lot of fun. If we get the
April showers it could be awesome with
the water coming up even more. The
temperatures should start to stabilize
and well see some fsh start to get into
a stable pattern before going into the
summer places. There will be fsh up
shallow and some deep, this makes for
great days to be on the lake fshing. Just
getting out, enjoying the beauty of the
lake is wonderful, and getting away from
the chaos of life helps.
There should be a lot of fsh still up
shallow with some still moving in to
spawn. One bait that comes to mind
when these fsh are up shallow is the
Stanley spinner bait. The colors I would
start with are white or chartreuse. The
blades are the next thing to look at,
sometimes they like big willow blades
and other times they want smaller blades
with less thump. This is just something
to play with as water colors and weather
conditions change from sunny to
cloudy.
The lipless crankbaits are another
good bait to use this time of year. I
have been using some Strike Pro lipless
crankbaits and running it over the grass,
this really heats things up. Some of these
fsh just attack the bait! With these two
baits you can cover a lot of water and
have a lot of fun.
If youre not into all that chunk and
wind and want to slow down, soft plastics
are the way to go. The senko and wacky
worms catch more than their share of
fsh all year long and can be a lot of fun.
Try watermelon red and green pumpkin
as a starting point for your colors. E2
Bait Company makes some great baits
like the Doodle Bug and Needle Worms
that work great this time of year. Work
them slowly through all the grass and
bean brush.
Now lets get to the Texas rig. I like to
keep mine on the light side if the wind will
let me do so. This way the bait will just
slide over the grass. There are all kinds
of creature baits and lizards to use. The
Doodle Bug from E-2 Bait Company has
been working great on bass. Sometimes
its something different that hasnt been
seen that will get the bass to bite.
Now the Carolina rig and jig, if the
bass are up shallow, what do I use these
for? There are still a lot of fsh on the
ledges around the spawning areas, some
going and some coming. This is a good
way to pick up a fsh, pull the Carolina
rig off the edges into deeper water.
The Stanley oz football is one of my
favorites. One way to use it is to crawl it
across the bottom, the other is to work it
around some kind of structure.
There should be a lot of good fsh
caught this month. The ones that have
spawned will move out and stop on
points and ledges before heading to the
summer hideouts. If you catch a trophy
bass get some good pictures, weight
and measurements and set her free. A
good taxidermy shop; like Lake Fork
Taxidermy, wont need the fsh to make
a replica that youll be proud of. Trophy
bass are hard to come by. Most people
take them home and show everyone a
DEAD FISH in the cooler. What I like to do
is go back, take my friends, and try and
catch her again in the same place. The
excitement is wonderful when they try to
catch her again. A good taxidermist can
make a replica of the Bass you caught
without killing the fsh.
Well I hope this helps you out some.
Good Luck.
I think we missed spring and went
straight to summer. Look at what the
rains have done to the lake. As of print
Big Sam is only 3 foot low and the fsh
and fshermen love it!
Bass - Fishing has been good
this spring with all the new and old
vegetation. You can fnd a lot of fsh
shallow in the old Johnson grass that is
now underwater. Using a wacky worm in
watermelon red or shad color fukes over
the grass is producing a lot of numbers.
A lot of post spawn bass can be caught on
Texas rig and Carolina rig craw worms
and lizards.
Crappie - Your crappie poles should
be bending! You can catch crappie
shallow in the backs of coves. Look for
old lily pad stems and any old weeds that
are now underwater. Some lures that are
working are Roadrunners in 1/8 oz size
with black body and chartreuse skirt.
One of my favorites is a Stanley Wedge
Tail minnow white with a chartreuse
tail. Dont think all crappie are shallow,
you can fnd some around your old
brush piles.
Bream - Take a kid fshing for these
fun fsh. The bream will start moving
up, getting their beds ready. Keep an eye
out for those circles in the sand. Once
you fnd them you can use small plastic
grubs. For the best results use worms
and crickets. Have Fun!!!!
If Mike and I can help you with any
of your outdoor needs from hunting to
fshing let us know. Get out and enjoy the
outdoors thank you from MC OUTDOOR
ADVENTURES.
Mike & Cathy
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Adventures
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cell (409)382-9166
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Monterey Park
Harvey Creek
Recreation Site
San Augustine Park
Etoile Ramp
Townsend
Recreation Site
Overlook Park
Mill Creek Park
Ebenezer Park
Sandy Creek
Recreation Site
Shirley Creek Marina
Letney Recreation Site
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Jasper, TX 75951
Tackle Since 1952
DBA Holtons Service Station
Bargains Everyday
Complete Tackle Line
Rods Reels Lures
Great Business
FOR SALE by owner
Hwy 63 @ 2nd St
Open 7 days a week
936-897-2400
Zavalla
Zavalla
Bring the boat on thru!
AMERICAN
ANGLER
NEW OWNERS - DOYLE & DEBBRA
936-872-3451
Broaddus, Texas
PLUS CONVENIENCE ITEMS
LIVE BAIT LURES ACCESSORIES
Open:
Monday-Saturday 5am-Midnight Sunday 5am-10pm
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Lufkin, TX 75901 936-637-7119
OPEN Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Bigger & Better Selection than ever!
Shooting Sport
Super Store
Knight Gun Works
Full time
Gunsmith on site
Optics
Ammunition
Buy, Sell or Trade
Firearms
Fishing Supplies
Tackle
Lures
Reel Service
1308 West Bluff
Woodville, TX 75979
409-283-7155
409-283-7157
ShootingSportSuperStore@yahoo.com
www.ShootingSportSuperStore.com
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By Jodie Warner
The 22nd Annual Toledo Oilmans Bass Invitational took place on Friday Mar. 16 and Saturday Mar. 17;
the tournament hosted 662 teams with a total count of 1,324 anglers fshing for a cause. This year the TOBI
crew was able to donate a whopping $225,000 to Texas Childrens Hospital making a year to date amount of
donations $2,625,000 over the last 22 years.
On Friday night the check was presented to Dr. Michael Braun with a very special guest in tow, a child
currently being treated at the medical center named Ray Rodriguez and his family. Braun is the Chief of
Service in the Renal Care (Kidney Center) Facility at Texas Childrens Hospital.
The tournament was founded in 1990 and is held every year on the third weekend in March at Cypress Bend
Park in Many, Louisiana. TOBIs philanthropy is the Texas Childrens Hospital Renal Unit, where the money
they donate goes to patient care and research in pediatric kidney and urinary tract diseases and disorders.
They also hold an annual event where fshermen take patients, who are able to go, fshing and spend the day
with them.
Alan Stubblehead, President of TOBI, said that the main goal of TOBI is to have fun, fsh, and raise money
for Texas Childrens Hospital. He also said that on Friday night they gave away other donations to local entities
such as the Toledo Bend Lake Association ($1,000,) the Sabine River Authority ($750,) and Army Bass Anglers
for Wounded Warriors ($1,000.)
Stubblehead said that the tournament was also sponsored by Skeeter boats, who provided free rides and the
possibility to win $1,000 in a drawing; Skeeter also donates a boat that is given away in a door prize drawing
on Saturday night.
TOBI is an invitational only tournament for the exploration, production companies, and service providers
in the oil feld and supports these entities with the goal of fnding more oil and gas for our nation and reduce
imports from foreign countries.
Several raffes are also held including those for deer hunts, exotic hunts, a fshing trip on Lake Fork, and a
big screen tv. There is also a Big Bass raffe for $1,000 and had someone broken a TOBI record on weight they
would have walked away with $5,000 additional money compliments of NewTech Global.
TOBIs main cause is the Texas Childrens Renal Care Unit and a program called the Quality of Life
Program which allows the patients to go to camp, have prom, a Christmas Party, and a fshing trip; essentially,
A day two angler displays one
of the bigger sh seen on the
second day of TOBI with one of
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their time running sh from
the scales back into the water
all day
The Army Bass Anglers at the 22nd Annual TOBI Bass Tournament
Anglers line up for the weigh in on day two while
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it provides a chance for the kids to make it through their illness and maintain a sense of normalcy
especially for teenagers who are spending more time receiving treatments than being able to hang out
with their friends and do normal things that young adults would do such as prom.
Stubblehead said that they have now also been able to garner a dedicated psychologist in the Renal
Care Unit that has helped so many patients and their families going through the stresses and grief
that more than likely accompanies a childs stint at Texas Childrens Hospital.
One patient, Jackie Benavides, was diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 18 and is a dialysis
patient in the Renal Care Unit at Texas Children wrote a letter to TOBI that was read on Friday night
thanking them for their work, telling her story, and how benefcial the Quality of Life Program was for
her and how it helped her through her dialysis.
On Thursday night a press conference was held on the local radio station in Many, LA and included
many special guests including the Town of Many Mayor, Ken Freeman, SRA Chairman (Louisiana),
Ned Goodeaux, Toledo Bend Lake Association President, Gaynell Goodeaux, Sabine Parish Chamber of
Commerce President, Lewis McBryde, Sabine Parish Chamber Director, Garland Anthony, and Tourist
Commission Director, Linda Curtis Sparks.
Timothy and Brenda Ashee were the top anglers on day one of the tournament bringing in a limit
weighing 22.47 lbs with a 6.80 lbs big bass, while Michael Trahan and Craig Landry came in a close
second with 22.13 lbs and a 9.58 lbs big bass in their sack, they had the biggest fsh on the frst day
with its only competitor coming in at 8.16 lbs.
Weigh in lines at TOBI are just as much a
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TOBI Big
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Winners Warren
and Wayne
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Kids from Texas Childrens Hospital joined anglers
for the annual TCH shing trip in 2011
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Forrest Vick and George Mahfouz took the top spot on day two with a 23.64 lbs limit, while Ron
Grady and Chris Glass took the number two spot on the second day with 20.26 lbs. Warren and Wayne
Maxwell weighed in their only fsh for the day and ended up with biggest bass for day two totaling
9.53 lbs.
In the end, Vick and Mahfouz won the tournament with 35.39 total pounds with just one shy of the
two-day limit. Chris Murphy and Mike McNeer landed in the second spot with 10 fsh weighing a total
of 34.52 lbs and Bill Pippen and Monte Nevils came in third with 34.26 lbs.
The Army Bass Anglers Association was also present at TOBI with a booth and guys ready to talk
about their causes. Major Cody Roberson said that they have three programs: Returning Heroes Home,
Heroes on the Water, and Veterans Outdoors. Roberson said that he was really happy that TOBI let
them come out and raise money for their causes and thanks them as well. Their slogan is Support.
Defend. Fish. Their website states, ArmyBassAnglers and the Coalition are involved in three fshing
tournaments dedicated to taking Soldiers fshing. The team volunteers their personal time to support
Take a Soldier Fishing each year on Belton Lake and Truman Lake. The whole premise behind the
events is an opportunity for the local angling and business community to thank these Heroes for their
service and sacrifces.
The website states, Annually, Choke Canyon Reservoir is the host location for Fishing for Freedom,
a tournament that pairs local fshermen with wounded soldiers in the San Antonio area for a day of
tournament bass fshing on an awesome fshery just for them. All three events are heavily supported
and only made possible through the generosity of local businesses, volunteers, and caring local and
regional anglers. There are just a few of the ways the team and organization lives up to the SUPPORT
Pillar in its three pronged mission statement. Roberson said that most of the soldiers involved are
mostly active duty, Members of the organization are currently deployed with several other scheduled
to make their second or third deployments next year.
Roberson says that although its tough for them to uphold their obligations in charity work that
their military background creates a take care of each other mentality. He explains, Each angler has
a battle buddy that he fshes two-man team tournaments with and when one member of the team is
gone, the other rucks up and carries the load for both of them, this is by design and is ingrained in
all our military training.
Roberson also says that they fsh all over the country on the World Fishing Network and on the
toughest National team tournament trails and use these experiences as combat multipliers to
promote their three causes. You can catch them on the Sportsmans Channel with a show called
Force on Force, check you local listings for times and guide information.
After the tournament food was prepared and served by Hempell and TX Marine brought the boats to
be given away and Foy Motors donated a truck.
TOBI looks forward to seeing everyone again next year. For more information on
TOBI, go to www.tobibass.com and for more information on the Army Bass Anglers, go to
www.armybassanglers.com
1. 35.39 lbs Forrest Vick and George Mahfouz
2. 34.52 lbs Chris Murphy and Mike McNeer
3. 34.26 lbs Bill Pippen and Monte Nevils
4. 32.59 lbs Shannon Thibodeaux and Toot Reeves
5. 32.41 lbs Randy Patin and Leslie Picard
6. 32.14 lbs Michael Trahan and Craig Landry
7. 31.60 lbs Richard Madole and Ronnie Madole
8. 31.24 lbs Jared Aucoin and Cooper Aucoin
9. 31.10 lbs Ken Stanley and Chris Thomasson
10. 31.03 lbs Ron Grady and Chris Glass
Final standings:
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may be penalized. Marshals are not allowed to carry GPS
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By Jodie Warner
Rascoe and Powell come out on
top after a tough shing day
1. 13.23 lbs Rommy Rascoe and Alton Powell
2. 12.55 lbs N.D. Williams and Tim Murdock
3. 12.15 lbs James Bass and Dwain Burns
4. 11.08 lbs Rick Hughes and Tommy Peevey
5. 10.23 lbs Mickey Carr and Jonathon Carr
6. 9.92 lbs Roger Griffn and Roger Gay
7. 9.84 lbs David Green and Jonathan Green
8. 9.62 lbs John Valentine and Steve Gorum
9. 7.77 lbs Kevin Madeley and Anthony Sharp
10. 7.45 lbs William Sims and Clay Ivy
Final results:
The Bud Light Trail Toledo/Rayburn division held its second tournament of the season on Sunday,
Mar. 18 at Cassels Boykin in Zavalla, Texas. About 21 teams fshed the event, but despite the great
weather anglers had a tough time fnding the fsh they needed to pull out big numbers on the scales.
Tommy Rascoe and Alton Powell took the lead and won the tournament with a limit weighing 13.23
lbs which included a nice 3.30 pounder in the bag. Rascoe said that they fshed in the grassy areas
around the bank with soft plastics. He said that he and Powell caught fsh all day just couldnt get any
big ones, they culled several times. They caught their frst fsh at around 8:15 that morning, and just
had a tough day on the water with the wind picking up some throughout the day. They broke off a big
fsh early in the morning. They would like to thank Needmore Tackle, AS&W Farms, Cheeks Marine,
and Toledo Tackle.
N.D. Williams and Tim Murdock took second place with a limit weighing 12.55 lbs with their biggest
fsh weighing 3.85 lbs. Williams and Murdock fshed in shallow hay grass and threw swim baits and
worms, as well as just about everything that they could to try to catch a big fsh but like the other
anglers out there that day, they had a hard time as well. They said it was a slow day and that they had
actually done a lot better the day before in another tournament at Jackson Hill where they also won
second place. The guys also said that they were lucky just to have fve fsh to bring to the scales and
were only able to cull once. They would like to thank the Boat Center and Stanley Jigs.
Third place and Big Bass went to James Bass and Dwain Burns with an overall weight of 12.15 lbs
and a big fsh weighing 7.40 lbs. They said that they caught their biggest one around 11:30 a.m. and
caught only fve keepers all day despite catching about 20-25 fsh throughout the tournament. The
frst fsh they hooked was a pretty big one they claim, but it slipped away from them. They also said
that they caught a lot of little fsh but just really no good quality
keepers. Their account claims that it has been tough on bigger
fsh lately. They fshed in fooded areas and shallow fats with
a Swimming Senko and Crawl Tube. They would like to thank
Bandit Buster, Dobbins Rods, and Shimano.
The next event in the Bud Light Team Trail Toledo/Rayburn
series will be April 1 at Cassels Boykin. See the trails website at
www.budlighttrail.com
Tommy Rascoe and Alton Powell took home rst place for
one of the toughest days of shing with 13.23 lbs
N.D. Williams and Tim
Murdock placed second in the
tournament with 12.55 lbs
James Bass and
Dwain Burns may
have lost a big sh
that morning but still
took home a check
and the title of big
bass for the day
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groW your oWn ButterFlies
By Martha and gene Hamilton
Master Gardeners Gene and Martha Hamilton have attended
many specialist training programs on butteries and how to
create buttery gardens. Many children enjoyed the Monarch
buttery release with the Hamiltons at Fall Fest in Jasper last
year.
At their home on the Angelina River, they catch and release
Monarch butteries with special tags that help scientists track
the annual migration of Monarchs from Canada to their winter
home in Mexico.
To attract butterfies to your garden, plant a variety
of nectar and host plants.
Lawns, no matter how green, have nothing to offer nectar-loving
creatures like butterfies and hummingbirds.
Host plants are where butterfies lay their eggs. Each different
species of butterfy requires specifc plants to nurture their young.
Even though the caterpillars that hatch eat holes in the leaves, the
butterfy and host plant are adapted to each other, and the plant will
recover quickly and be ready to host the next generation.
So, if you have nectar plants and host plants you will have
more butterfies.
You should plan your butterfy garden in a sunny area that is
protected from strong winds. Butterfies cannot fy until the suns
warmth heats their bodies.
Make sure to prepare the soil and ensure good drainage for your
plants. Then plant a variety of nectar and host plants. You can
group varieties and colors of plants together for an eye-catching
display that you will enjoy too.
Butterfies will come to any area that has a large nectar source.
That way they do not have to expend a lot of energy to feed. Be sure
to select plants that will bloom at different times of the year so there
is always a food source blooming from spring to autumn.
Some butterfies like to feed on taller plants, so its good to have
plants that are two to three feet tall, such a lantana, milkweed and
salvia as your mainstays. In front you can plant asters, cone fowers
and black-eyed Susans. Put the tallest plants like butterfy bush at
the back.
Zinnias attract butterfies, are easy to grow from seed, and come
in many varieties from dwarf to more than four feet tall; frequent
cutting keeps them bushy and blooming all summer.
Top butterfy-attracting fowers are members of the sunfower
and verbena families. Almost any plants in these groups will attract
butterfies and hummingbirds.
A good way to make your plant selections is to visit a
nursery or garden center on a warm sunny day and watch
what attracts butterfies.
When designing your garden, be sure to have a source of water,
such as a clay pot saucer. Make a puddling area by flling the saucer
with sand and keeping it moist. Butterfies like to land and lap up
water and minerals from the sand. Include a few large fat rocks for
them to bask and warm their wings and bodies.
Watch how the sun travels across your garden area and then
plant a few sturdy shrubs and trees for butterfies to roost in on
windy or rainy days. These should be on the north side or a little
ways away from the garden where they dont shade the blooming
plants too much.
Host plants let you observe the life cycle as butterfies lay eggs
which hatch into caterpillars. Then caterpillars create a cocoon
called a chrysalis, which hatches into new butterfies. Host plants
are specifc to each species of butterfy.
Black swallowtails like herbs such as dill, parsley and fennel.
Giant swallowtail like citrus trees, and the caterpillars camoufage
themselves to look like bird droppings. Monarchs need milkweed,
and the favorite of the gulf fritillary is passionfower vine.
Never never use insecticides or pesticides in your butterfy
garden or you will kill the butterfies and their larva. If you
have aphids or other pests, try mixing a few drops of mild dish
detergent in a spray bottle and spray on top and bottom of leaves.
Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and then hose off with water.
A good source for information on butterfy gardening is the North
American Butterfy Association, www.naba.org. Another webpage,
http://easttexasgardening.tamu.edu/tips/misc/butterfy.html,
provides a list of plants suitable for East Texas gardens. When you
see USDA hardiness zones for plants, Jasper and the lakes area are
zone 8, south Jasper County may be as warm as zone 9.
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TOLEDO
BEND
LAKE
FISHING
REPORT
Lake level information
updated daily at
www.TheLakecaster.com
Lake Level as of 3/28/12
(171.14)
Normal pool level
(172.00')
For lake level updates
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Toledo Bend is almost
up to full pool with
the recent rains weve
received. In fact, the lake
came up three feet from
March 6th to March 21st.
As of this report the lake
is 170.32ft. msl and should rise at least another foot
if not more from the run-off. All the major boat lanes
are passable.
April is usually a transition month with a lot of fsh
already spawned and moving back into deeper water.
Some bass will still be on the beds and in shallow water
while others will have spawned and will be moving
back out to deeper water. Moving off the beds they will
try to fnd a comfortable environment where they can
recuperate from the spawn and gradually move into
their summer haunts. The bass will migrate along the
creeks, ditches and secondary points; so concentrate
in these areas especially areas that have some type of
structure or cover. A variety of baits will be productive
from top water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits, frogs,
jerk & swim baits, shallow to mid diving crank baits,
fnesse plastics and your variety of worms, lizards and
jigs depending on the area you target your fsh.
Usually in the latter part of April the Bream will
start moving into shallow water for their spawn. An
ultra-lite spinning rig, cane or glass pole and a bucket
of crickets or worms will surely fll up a chest of big ole
bream. Look for honey-cone circles in the shallows
to locate the beds.
Look for the Crappie in the backs of the coves and
pockets. If you dont fnd them shallow, follow the
points and bends in the creeks as they head back out
to deep water.
This has been one of the best Spring White Bass
seasons Ive ever had. In the last two months there were
only a couple days we didnt limit out in a matter of a
couple hours and that was due to high wind conditions
keeping us from moving around. Work the main lake
sand-bars with oz slab spoons or tail spinners.
Darrell Lyons DWs Guide Service for Rayburn & Toledo
409-787-3664 dwlguide@yahoo.com www.toledo-bend.net/guide
Bass~ Excellent!
There are lots of fsh
on beds and on points.
Start your day in 6 to
8 ft concentrating on
inside grass lines and
around fooded hay
grass. Use a 3/8 oz
Chatterbait rigged with a Lake Fork Magic Shad on it
in watermelon red pearl belly or a 3/16 oz TX rigged
Wave Lobster in green pumpkin red color. Then as
the day warms move into spawning areas and throw
a Wave Tiki Stick rigged wacky style in Chrismas tree
or watermelon gold fake colors or a black gold orange
bellied Rogue. The best set up for the Chatterbait is a
TFO 73 medium action rod and 20# fuoro carbon
line on 6.4:1 reel. Fish your Texas rig on a TFO 73
med/heavy rod with the same size line and reel. For
wacky worms switch to a TFO 7 medium spinning rod
with 30# FINS Windtamer braid. Make sure to have a
good pair of polarized glasses like the Flying Fisherman
Sea Stars to see bedding fsh and remember to spray all
baits with KICK N BASS
Bream- Excellent! These fsh are starting to spawn.
Look for honey combed areas on sandy bottoms in 2-6
ft of water. The best bait to use is crickets.
Crappie~ Excellent! Target the areas with 12 to 18
ft. of water over the grass and use Road Runners in
black and chartreuse or a red and chartreuse tube jig.
Remember the new size and bag limit for Toledo Bend
is no length limit and 25 per person on both sides of
the lake.
Catfsh~ Good. Fish in shallow fats at the back of
creeks using liver and trot line minnows.
TAKE A KID FISHING AND REMEMBER IF IT TUGS
ON YOUR LINE SET THE HOOK!!!
Mid Lake and South End
South Toledo Fishing
By Pro Guide Joe Joslin, 30 Years Experience on Toledo Bend
Joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com 337-463-3838 409-565-1288
BASS FISHING:
Hello, anglers. It has
been a fun-flled spring
so far on my favorite
fshing hole and the
good news is that fshing
will continue to be
productive in April with a variety of patterns and lures.
On hard baits, we are catching bass on Stanley Vibra
Wedge and Vibra Shaft double willowleaf spinnerbaits. I
like to have at least one copper/gold blade, especially on
cloudy days. The Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap is also catching
bass with best results in slightly stained conditions
with Toledo Gold a great color in low-light conditions
and blue/silver in bright conditions. Also, mid-diving
crankbaits are also catching bass with the top crankbait
being Berkley Frenzy Diver (discontinued) as well as
Bill Normans DLN (Deep Little N). We are working
these on grassy ridges and outside edges of grasslines
in 6 to 14 feet. Good colors are fretiger and sexy shad
or blue/silver.
Soft plastics continue to reign with the Carolina rig a
main stay in my boat catching some really quality bass
with Berkley Power Lizards and Havocs new 4 Craw
Fatty. We are starting to fsh some of our time on post
spawn patterns (12 to 30 ft) targeting bass on ledges
and points, especially in the middle of the day. However,
there are still lots of bass in shallow water where we are
catching fsh on wacky rigged Berkley Havoc Bottom
Hoppers and Senkos, TX rigged Bottom Hoppers and
Trick Worms working them very slowly most of the time.
In addition, we are rigging a Berkley Jerk Shad, Senko
or Fluke on a TX rig with no weight and targeting the
bank back to 8 ft. Finally, deep running crankbaits,
such as Normans DD22s and Fat Free Shad are my top
choices for late spring suspending bass. The new silent
model DD22 is one of my most often used crankbaits
in late spring.
CRAPPIE: Strolling your way to a fsh-fry is the way
most perch-jerkers are getting it done. With the crappie
spawn basically over, the majority of the fsh are holding
in mid-depths just off the edge of submerged grass in 6
to 18 feet. Anglers are using the trolling motor to slowly
drag small jigs, Road Runners and Beetle Spins on the
outside edge of the grass and drop-offs. Some crappie
are also starting to show up in man-made brush-piles
in 18 to 25 feet with live shiners the best bait. If you
crappie fsh with any regularity, you should not go
hungry this month.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor
columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo
and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848
or joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com . and WEBSITE
www.joejoslinoutdoors.com
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Campti
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Goober
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Hawthorne
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Center
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Burkeville
Pineland
Converse
Zwolle
Many
HUXLEY BAY MARINA
on Toledo Bend Lake
936-368-2494
Motel-Satellite TV Store & Guide
RV Park & Restaurant Service referrals
Get your
Hunting & Fishing
licences here
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We Straighten Prop Shafts
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318-565-9540 888-565-9540
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Vinyl Skirting Anchors
Complete Repairs & Renovation
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Metal Carports Sold & Installed
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Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-Noon
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4 Miles West of Many
Alpine
Marina &Resort
Hemphill, TX
Toledo Bend Lake
ALL LAKE LEVEL BOAT LAUNCH
Located in Hemphill off Hwy 3121 on FM 242 @ End of the Road
Easy access to great fshing ground & Cypress Bend
PH (409) 625-3518
email: alpinemarina@windstream.net
www.toledo-bend.net/marina
Motel Mobile Homes RV Gas on Water
STORE
LIVE BAIT &TACKLE
BOAT RENTALS
Boat Launch Mary Gennuso
Boat House Manager
Store - Cabins (337) 842-7115
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Hemphill, Texas
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After Hours: (409) 579-3193
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Hollingsworth & Hunt win over
$26,000 at Bass Champs on
Sam Rayburn with 25.05 lbs
By Patty Lenderman
Skeeter Bass Champs tournament trail held its 4th of fve East Texas division events on Sam Rayburn
on March 24, 2012. Well over 200 teams came to fsh for a part of $61,450 up for grabs in cash and prizes
for the top 28 teams. Rick Hollingsworth and Eric Hunt brought in over 25 pounds to win the highly
coveted and guaranteed 1st place $20,000 check. They cashed in on a whole lot more, going home with
over $26,000.
It had been a gorgeous week and continued thru tournament weekend. With temps in the 80s some
of the frst sun burns of the year were seen at weigh in. Sam Rayburn is in excellent shape as recent rains
still continue to pump more water in to Big Sam, opening all boat launches on the lake and nearing full
pool.
The elevating lake levels and muddy to murky water had contenders scrambling to fnd bass. They too
are on the move, some still in pre-spawn, many others in post spawn and trying to transition with the
lake levels themselves.
Hollingsworth & Hunt had located about fve different spots to hit during the tournament. They
started out at a ditch, lined with brush and grass. We fshed the edge of the ditch, starting shallow in
the morning about 3-4 deep with a watermelon red Senko. The day did not start out right for them, as
they broke off their frst fsh and it was a nice one. We stayed there and put a limit together. They were
really biting good and we caught a lot of fsh. They had a decent limit by 11:30, then left that spot to try
a few others. They needed a kicker. After trying some of those other spots, we decided to head back to
our frst area. It was a good call. At 2:00 Eric got the bite they needed. He landed their kicker, weighing
8.72 lbs! That was our last cull of the day. Their kicker ended up winning Big Bass of the tournament
for $1,000. Adding the rest of their limit to the scales, they had 25.05 lbs for a 1st place win! Bass Champs
presented them with the guaranteed 1st place check for $20,000. They were also fshing out of a qualifed
Skeeter Boat and won that bonus for an additional $5,000. Their total winnings were $26,200. Not bad for
a day on the lake! We would really like to thank our families. They always support and encourage us.
Timothy Griffn fshed alone in this event, and won 2nd place with a 21.94 lb limit. This time of year
I usually fsh humps on Rayburn. This time I stayed on a point that staged from 16 to 10, all the way to
5 deep. His day started out well. Fishing with a crank bait, he caught two very nice ones early on. After I
caught those, I caught an amazing number of little ones! Changing baits to a Carolina rigged magnum
fnesse worm, he backed out to a little deeper water, 5-8. I found that the smaller fsh were in less than
4 of water. Once I started fshing deeper, I started catching better fsh again. The area he stayed in was a
200 yard long stretch. It was just a big drain. All the fsh I caught looked like they had already spawned.
His kicker was a close contender for Big Bass, weighing 8.39 lbs. Tim won the 2nd place check for $5,000.
Eric Hunt and Rick
Hollingsworth put
together a 25.05
lb limit that won
1st place and an
overall $26,200
payday. The sh
on the left weighed
8.72 lbs, catching
Big Bass honors
as wel
Tim Grifn competed in this tournament by himself,
catching the 2nd place stringer weighing 21.94
pounds. His kicker weighed in at 8.34 lbs
Congratulations to the top teams: (1st & Big Bass) Rick
Hollingsworth & Eric Hunt; (2nd) Tim Grifn; (3rd) Cory
Rambo & Rusty Clark; (4th-not pictured) Chase Ulery &
Destin McKay; (5th) Bill Hudspeth & Ricky Potts
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1st - $26,200 - 25.05 lbs
Rick Hollingsworth & Eric Hunt
2nd - $5,000 - 21.94 lbs
Timothy Griffn
3rd - $3,000 - 18.75 lbs
Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo
4th - $2,000+ 18.51 lbs
Chase Ulery & Destin McKay
5th - $1,200 - 18.12 lbs
Bill Hudspeth & Ricky Potts
6th - $1,090 - 17.28 lbs
Brent Broussard & Todd Castledine
7th - $1,080 - 16.56 lbs
Jerry Silmon & Brett Hortman
8th - $1,070 - 16.54 lbs
Stan Burgay & Steve Burgay
9th - $1,060 - 16.41 lbs
Jimmy Sorter & Gerald Granger
10th- $1,050
Bob Vote & Andy Vote
top teaMs:
.and last in the money
28th $600 - 13.01 lbs
Danny Cherry & Buddy Bumstead
Big Bass $1,000 8.72 lbs
Rick Hollingsworth & Eric Hunt
3rd place was won by Rusty Clark and Cory Rambo with an 18.75 lb limit. We didnt do anything
special, just grinded it out. They picked one spot and stuck to it all day using old faithful Carolina rigs.
It was a staging point, 8-11 deep. Rusty caught our frst solid fsh, about 4 pounds, at 9:00. We already
had several smaller fsh in the livewell. At noon, things heated up as Cory added a 5 pounder and three
over 3 pounds to their limit. We probably culled 10 times today. It was a good day. They won $3,000 for
their 3rd place fnish and would like to thank Ranger boats, Golden Triangle Industries, Castaway rods
and G& G.
THOUSANDS of dollars were awarded thru Sponsor Incentives! It PAYS to fnd out how to cash in on
them!
Skeeter Bonus $5,000 Rick Hollingsworth & Eric Hunt
Costa Del Mar $ 200 Rick Hollingsworth & Eric Hunt
Dodge Ram Bonus Chase Ulery & Destin McKay
Tournament Statistics:
Total Entries : 221 Teams
Total Collected : $57,460
Total Payback (C&P) : $61,450
Payback Percentage : 107%
Total weight : 1182.88 lbs
Average weight : 2.31 lbs
With only one tournament left for the East Texas division, the Angler of the Year race is too close to call.
The top fve points leaders are:
661 pts Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo
656 pts Jerry Silmon & Brett Hortman
644 pts Glenn Robertson & Chad Cole
623 pts Chris McCall & Mike Freck
617 pts John Salamone & Ray Beck
The fnal East Texas division tournament will be held June 16 on Lake Sam Rayburn at the Umphrey
Family Pavilion.
For full schedules on all regions, rules or results, click to www.BassChamps.com or
call 817-439-3274
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Wednesday Nite
Ladies Nite
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Trivia & Karaoke
Show starts at 9 p.m.
Trivia starts at 10 p.m.
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Pool Tournament 8 p.m.
Monday Nites
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Hwy. 190 Jasper, Texas
Monday Friday 7:30am 5:30pm, Saturday 7:30am 5:00pm
(409) 384-3100
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Since 1930
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Links - Chips - Beverage - $4 Donation
Register Survivors & Caregivers
We have your Secret Bait for the Big Bass Splash on Rayburn
Customer Appreciation Days
April 18th & 19th
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Bow Demo
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Purchase Raffe Tickets
All proceeds go to the Relay for Life of Jasper Lakes Area
Drawing to be held April 20, 2012
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Join us on April 20th 2012
7PM until 7AM
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Register Online @
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Celebrate.
Remember.
Fight Back.
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Area Club Updates
Harvey Coward 47.96
Mike Price 46.30
Jim Campbell 41.68
Bob Self 37.71
Derek Mong 35.37
Richard Pesson 33.95
Tim Braud 30.62
Tammy Davis 27.51
Boyd Sanders 27.19
Jeff Davis 26.49
Top Ten Standings
The Hawg Hunters Bass Club of Lake Charles held their March tournament on Toledo Bend,
on March 3rd. A drop in temperature by 30 degrees the night prior to the tournament, along
with strong winds and sleeting rain made for a diffcult day on the lake for most. Overall,
weights were down from what was expected.
Using Carolina rigged fukes, the team of Frank Little and Tracy Bowling managed to put
together a fve fsh limit that weighed 11.34 lbs which bested the feld of anglers to take frst
place.
Guy Robertson and Trent Pharris used crank baits to secure a fve fsh limit that weighed
11.21 lbs which was good for second place. Third place was taken by Fred Berger and David
Bushnell. The third place team used senko
type baits, and spinner baits for their catch,
which weighed 10.75 lbs.
The team of Dean Jones and Jeff Latham
weighed in the big bass of the tournament, a
4.67 pounder which was caught by Jones on
a jig.
The next Hawg Hunter tournament is
scheduled for April 21st on Toledo Bend.
Welcome to the sophomore year of the (409) Bass Club! Were starting off the season with 65
members, many of them frst time members, and we still have more wanting to join. Were expecting
a great season, some fun fshing, and some lasting memories!
Before we get started, Id like to extend a special WELCOME to our junior club members (under
16 years old): Logan Blackmon, Reese Durand, Emily Erb, and Dillan Metreyeon. We all want you to
enjoy the days on the lake that you spend fshing with your family, and hope these club tournaments
help ignite a passion for a great sport that will last a lifetime!
Lets talk about the February tournament. It was a fairly tight fnish; less than a pound separated
the 5th place team from the 1st place team. The 1st place team, brothers Eric Van Horn and Marcus
Van Horn, weighed in their best fve at 15.58 pounds. The 2nd place team of Ben Adams and
Bubba Courts was hot on their heels with 15.40 pounds. Both teams reported their limits coming
on rattletraps and brush hogs. Brian Carpenter and Scott Eastman were less than a quarter-pound
behind Ben and Bubba, wrapping up 3rd place with 15.19 pounds. Chester Sams teamed up with his
fshing buddy Stephen Ensign on Wednesday to take 4th place with 14.90 pounds, with 6.85 pounds
of that being contributed by Stephen in the form of the big bass of the tournament, worth $290.
Garry Osborn and Bryan Lohr were the last ones to offset some of their tournament costs with their
winnings from their 5th place position. Nine door prizes were given out, from our sponsors Daleys
Hunt and Fish, Simon Outftters, R1 Bass, and Bass Kandi. Please drop by these places of business
or call them on the phone and thank them sincerely for their support for our club!
For all you (409) members on Facebook, Like our new club page, (409) Bass Club! Feel free
to post pictures, brag on your latest catch, discuss the weather, post co-ordinates of your favorite
honey hole (haha), review the latest or upcoming tournaments, etc. The only thing we ask is that we
Derek Mong won the Many Bass Clubs March 2012 tournament with a fve fsh limit weighing
a very impressive 20.06 lbs. Mong caught his fsh in the mid lake area of Toledo Bend in 12 to 18
feet of water using a homemade black and blue jig.. Tammy Davis fnished in second place with
four fsh weighing 15.58 lbs which included an 11.24 lb big bass lunker. Mike Price was the third
place winner with a fve fsh limit weighing 12.80 lbs.
A total of 107 fsh were caught weighing 230 lbs for an average fsh weight of 2.20 lbs.
Congratulations Tammy Davis for catching an 11.24 lb bass of a life time! All bass anglers,
wherever they are, dream of catching a 10 plus pound bass but unfortunately only a few
actually accomplish that goal. Tammys excitement at the club weigh-in gave everyone a special
appreciation for her accomplishment and for those who are still pursuing the 10 pound goal
Keep Chunk in!
Hawg Hunters Bass Club
of Lake Charles
409 Bass Club
Many Bass Club
Top Six Anglers
Dean Jones 43.23
Jeff Latham 28.96
Frank Little 24.31
Stewart Hunt 21.72
Ricky Fuller 20.65
Steve Toney 20.11
Top Six Anglers
1 Stephen Ensign 14.66
2 Bryan Lohr 14.65
3 Buddy Ellis 13.76
4 Brian Carpenter 13.04
5 Bubba Courts 12.99
6 Ben Adams 12.58
Derek Mong won tournament
with an impressive fve fsh
limit that weighed 20.06 lbs.
Mike Price was the third place
winner with a fve fsh limit
weighing 12.80 lbs.
Tammy Davis fnished in second place
with four fsh weighing 15.58 lbs which
included an 11.24 lb big bass lunker.
keep our page like we keep our club: DRAMA FREE.
If one of Bryans fsh would have taken a gulp of water before being pulled out of the bag, it would
have made a difference! The Top Six race is starting off with some solid weights, and these guys
are blasting out of the gates on the Top Six race! Congrats to these six anglers for a strong start, as
well as the next four anglers in line with 12+
lb sacks. As we all know, though, it only takes
one tough tournament, or one big day, to totally
shake up the Top Six, so sit back and enjoy the
show!
Well, I guess theres not much left to do other
than give you the frst Top Six list and then
wrap this report up! Check out the difference in
the number 1 and number 2 spots:
Marcus & Eric Van Horn win
1st place with 15.58 lbs.
The Big Bass of the
tournament was
caught by Stephen
Ensign weighing
6.85 lbs
Ben Adams & Bubba Courts took
a close 2nd with 15.40 lbs.
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BIG BASS MANIA BIG BASS MANIA
will be held on JUNE 8, 9, 10 th of 2012
This tournament is for amateurs only but will allow you the opportunity to win
like the Pro`s.
Strategy: Every angler will be allowed to weigh in as many fsh as they can
each day with only their largest counting for their weight each day. Anglers can
weigh in more than once to better their score.
Every Angler will be responsible for making sure they plan enough time to
make the weigh -in and that their fsh is alive when they reach the weigh in.
After each day anglers weight will be recorded and after 3 days the anglers with
the most combined weight of all 3 days will determine our Top 100 payout.
No sharing of fsh is allowed and anglers must weigh in their own fsh. Anyone
caught violating any of the rules will be disqualifed from this event and future
events and no refund will be given.
ON SAM RAYBURN
$125,000 GUARANTEED
TO 1
st
PLACE WINNER!
LARGEST AMATEUR CASH PAYOUT EVER YOU WONT WANT TO MISS THIS!
(979) 730-5989 (979) 255-6354 WWW.BIGBASSMANIA.COM
The Big Bass Mania Bass Fishing Tournament is proud to support the following organizations:
Wounded Soldiers & Families Disabled Veterans
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LUFKIN, Texas Chad Wiley of Pineville, La., weighed a fve-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 8 ounces
Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For
his victory, Wiley earned $4,632.
It was a last-minute decision to go deep, but it paid off, said Wiley. I had pre-fshed shallow and I
really couldnt get nothing going. The fsh were biting, but they were the smaller males and only around 2
pounds apiece. I knew I could easily catch 10 pounds fshing shallow, but that wouldnt be enough to win.
So I swung for the fence and completely changed my strategy and went deep.
The decision turned out to be a good one for Wiley, as he won by 5 pounds over his closest competitor.
I fshed deep off the main river ledges, Wiley continued. I would fnd certain ledges that would serve
as a ditch for late spawners coming out of the river to go into spawn, so thats what I targeted. I keyed in on
three areas, because I did not have a lot of time to waste. I just ran back and forth to my three spots, and
I couldnt have asked for a better day. I was using a -ounce Oldhams Jig in black and blue. Whenever
I would fnd structure that it would get hung up on, I switched to a -ounce Sniper Lures Trigger Craw
cause I knew it wouldnt get hung up. I was able to catch around 20 fsh total throughout the day.
Morris snares co-angler title
John Morris of Houston, Texas, weighed a fve-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win
$1,648 in the co-angler division.
After the ffth Cowboy Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on
point standings will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 Regional Championship on the Red River in Natchitoches,
La. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury
outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fsh for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower
Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the
season, fve in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional
tournament and compete to fnish in the top six, which then qualifes them for one of the longest-running
championships in all of competitive bass fshing the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy.
The 2012 BFL All-American is being held May 17 19 on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. Top
winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
Wiley wins BFL event
at Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Morris nets co-angler title during Cowboy Division contest
By John N. Felsher
rounding out tHe top 10 pros:
2nd: Bill Rogers, Jasper, Texas, fve bass, 20-0, $1,816
3rd: Glenn Robertson, Shreveport, La., fve bass, 19-0, $1,210 + $1,000 Evinrude Bonus
4th: Alan Fitts, Hemphill, Texas, fve bass, 16-11, $847
5th: Matthew Delaney, Pollock, La., fve bass, 15-14, $726
6th: Randall Deaver, Shreveport, La., fve bass, 14-13, $666
7th: Dewey Day, Huntington, Texas, four bass, 14-7, $605
8th: Bradley Stringer, Huntington, Texas, fve bass, 14-5, $545
9th: Randy Despino, Colfax, La., fve bass, 14-2, $484
10th: Ricky Guy, Humble, Texas, four bass, 14-0, $385
10th: Steven Singleton, Nederland, Texas, fve bass, 14-0, $385
10th: Don Williams, Keithville, La., fve bass, 14-0, $385
rounding out tHe top 10 pros:
2nd: Dustin Jerrett, Apple Springs, Texas, fve bass, 17-12, $824
3rd: Robert Moore, Leesville, La., fve bass, 15-13, $549
4th: Kenny Moser, Alba, Texas., four bass, 13-14, $385
5th: Randall Morgan, Rusk, Texas, fve bass, 13-12, $330
6th: Keith Rose, Harleton, Texas, fve bass, 12-12, $302
7th: Grayson Honeycutt, Temple, Texas, fve bass, 11-8, $275
8th: Richard Earle, Youngsville, La., four bass, 11-2, $247
9th: Larry Lark, Converse, Texas, four bass, 11-1, $220
10th: Daniel Brock, Anna, Texas, fve bass, 11-0, $192
Boater Chad Wiley took home
the top spot at the Walmart BFL
Cowboy Division event on the Sam
Rayburn Reservoir. Wiley landed a
total catch of 25 pounds, 8 ounces
to net more than $3,600.
Co-angler John Morris
of Houston, Texas,
took the top prize
at the Walmart BFL
Cowboy Division event
on the Sam Rayburn
Reservoir. Morris used
a total catch of 18
pounds, 2 ounces to
secure a rst-place
award of more than
$1,600.
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Water rising
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Lake levels are rising and the lunker bass are hiding in the stained waters. We are excited to see
the area lake levels rise to be close to normal pool level. The new cover that the bass have to hide in
is fantastic! Stained waters and fresh growth of cover have given the bass the ability to hide and give
fsherman a hard time to fnd them.
I attended a bass seminar a few years back and one interesting conversation was about the vision
of the largemouth bass. There are many senses that bass have but lets frst take a look at the vision of
the bass. First off this brings up the question Do bass see colors? The answer is Yes they do. While
other fsh see in two dimensions, Largemouth Bass can see in three dimensions. Their site ranges
from 5 inches away from their snout to about 100 feet, depending on how clear the water is. Bass are
primarily sight feeders and this is why the different color baits really make a difference.
As they close in on their prey, another much more powerful sense actually takes over.
This other Extreme sense is known as their lateral line. Their lateral line most often determines
whether theres a fnal strike and when they are honing in on prey, its this sense that becomes the
basis for their striking decision.
Largemouth Bass have what we call a lateral line. A fshs lateral line extends from the back of
its fll plate to the center of its tail and is very sensitive to vibration. Its like an organ, made up of
highly sensitive nerve endings, found on both sides of their body. It enables a bass to sense pressure
and currents, and helps to detect other fsh and objects moving through the water. The lateral line is
necessary so that the bass can fnd prey in literally, total darkness. They sense prey by their lateral line
picking up the vibrations in the water and they can easily tell what size, speed and shape their prey is.
Its these vibrations that will determine if a bass will strike or not. So youll want to
make sure that your bait and action are presented to them properly at a time thats conducive to
their seasonal habits.
Also keep in mind that bass have no eyelids and cant stand direct sunlight for very long. So theyll
be viewing their food selection from a shady hiding spot.
If the fsherman will adapt to the senses of the largemouth bass, their fshing trips will be very
productive. Remember that while fshing stained water, heavy vibrating baits such as a deep cup
spinner bait or a bright colored crank bait may be your go to bait.
You may also want to think about the gear ratio of the reel you use. Throwing spinner baits may
require a 7:1 ratio but the crank bait may work better using a 5:1 ratio reel. Then you can think about
Task Specifc rods. A task specifc rod matched to a style of fshing can help a fsherman move to the
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Fish & Critter Tales
Beauty and the Beast! Charlie
Thibodeaux caught this huge double
digit sow in the South Toledo Bend
Area, Louisiana side on a junebug
Bass Kandi Trick worm, using Black
Widow 16# line with a Shimano
Core reel on an American Rodsmiths
team series soft plastics rod. He
turned his fsh into the Toledo Lunker
Program, and a replica of his catch
will be presented to him at the
McDonalds Tournament on May 20
@ Cypress Bend
Six year old Andrew Riley of Hunting-
ton, Texas after he weighed in his rod
and reel Jr. lake record Blue Catfsh
at Jackson Hill Marina. Young Andrew
caught the 3.91 lb. fsh using cut shad
while fshing with his dad. There are
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Sanford wins 5k+ with the Bassmaster
Weekend Series on Lake Sam Rayburn
By John N. Felsher
Roy Sanford won it all during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster
Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Southeast
Texas Division 10 opener, held March 17, 2012, on Lake Sam
Rayburn.
Running out of the Umphrey Pavilion landing near Jasper, the
47-year-old Sam Rayburn angler caught fve bass going 18.03
pounds. Catching a total of nine keepers, he anchored his bag
with a 6.72-pounder that won the Boater Division big bass title.
For the Boater Division victory, he collected $5,000 with a $680
bonus for the big bass.
I fshed really shallow, Sanford explained. The pressure
was tremendous. I really had to slow down the presentation to
catch any fsh. I was throwing a weightless watermelon lizard,
just letting it sink. The big fsh came out of less than a foot of
water.
In second for the 138 boaters, Stephen Johnston, 42, of
Hemphill brought in a fve-bass tournament limit weighing
15.72 pounds with a 5.75-pound kicker. He earned a check for
$2,239.
I threw a Carolina rig and keyed on inside grass lines,
Johnston explained. The boat sat in 10 feet of water and I threw
a V&M watermelon blue lizard into about fve feet of water. I
dragged it slowly across the bottom. I caught about 18 keepers.
Phil Hennigan, 44, of Center came in third among the boaters
with a fve-bass limit weighing 15.69 pounds. He caught eight
keepers and went home with $1,492.
I ran up north, Hennigan revealed. With the water levels
coming up, I really didnt have any preconceived ideas on what
to do. I just went fshing. I was sight fshing with a fuke. After
the sun got up, I switched to a swim jig. I also fipped a 3/8-
ounce green pumpkin watermelon jig with a watermelon candy
speed craw.
Bradley W. Stringer of Huntington took fourth place with fve
bass at 15.65 pounds including a 4.50-pound kicker. William
Bill Lee of Harker Heights rounded out the top fve boaters
with fve bass at 14.76 pounds including a 6.01-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Melvin Henslee, 71, of Beaumont
took it all. He landed three bass going 15.64 pounds for a 5.21-
pound average. He capped his bag with a 7.68-pounder that
set the tournament lunker standard. For the win, he pocketed
$2,500 with an extra $338 for the bucketmouth.
I caught all of my fsh before 8:30 a.m. and we continued to
catch fsh all day, Henslee said. I probably caught 40 fsh. I was
throwing a weightless watermelon magic fuke in very shallow
water, less than two feet deep. I worked very slowly. The wind
came up around 8:30 a.m. and the big fsh moved out of the
grass into deeper water.
In second for the co-anglers, Jeff C. Stimits of Buna landed
a three-bass daily division limit weighing 11.71 pounds. He
anchored his bag with a 4.82-pound kicker.
Dusty R. McFadden of Nacogdoches took third among the
co-anglers with three bass and 10.54 pounds capped by a 5.06-
pounder. Rocky Wostal of Humble brought in three keepers for
9.63 pounds with a 4.64-pound kicker. In ffth place for the
co-anglers, Tommy Nail of Dayton found three keepers weighing
9.11 pounds with one 5.07-pound kicker.
For more information on this tournament, call
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Roy Sanford won 1st place in the Pro Division
with 18.03 lbs, anchored by a 6.72 lb kicker
that additionally won Big Bass honors
Melvin Henslee took top honors
in the Co-Angler division. Co-
Anglers are only allowed three
sh, and his weighed 15.64 lbs.
He also caught the biggest bass of
the day at 7.68 lbs
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SAM RAYBURN TOLEDO BEND
Largemouth
Bass
11.57 lbs Brandon Adams April 23, 2005 11.48 lbs Dylan Lyons March 6, 2007
Palmetto
Bass
2.95 lbs Nicholas Montano June 21, 2007 ------ No Record -----
White Bass 2.18 lbs Hunter Muncrief April 20, 2008 2.24 lbs Dylan Lyons May 12, 2008
Yellow Bass 0.98 lbs Hunter Boren March 13, 2011 0.82 lbs Dylan Lyons November 25, 2007
Spotted Bass 4.10 lbs Tanner Moreno Sept. 18, 2010 1.50 lbs Gage Shepherd March 17, 2011
Bluegill 0.71 lbs Tyler Hutchison June 14, 2007 0.85 lbs Kevin Johnson April 10, 2006
Bowfn ----- No Record ----- 8.75 lbs Gage Shepherd March 17, 2011
Smallmouth
Buffalo
----- No Record ----- 49.84 lbs Heather Taber July 14, 2009
Yellow
Bullhead
----- No Record ----- 1.25 lbs Mark Balderas March 16, 2011
Common
Carp
----- No Record ----- 23.87 lbs Ben Rumery March 21, 2008
Blue Catfsh 1.88 lbs Hunter Muncrief May 14, 2011 20.0 lbs Caleb Anderson November 7, 2010
Channel
Catfsh
3.16 lbs Cord Copley April 17, 2011 3.03 lbs Jacob Bowman April 23, 2011
Flathead
Catfsh
52.00 lbs Blake Terry March 25, 2011 ----- No Record -----
Black
Crappie
2.12 lbs Ross Brusenhan May 30, 2009 2.54 lbs Forrest Gothia February 19, 2011
White
Crappie
1.58 lbs Jordan Stoyanov April 10, 2010 2.75 lbs Gage Shepherd March 18, 2011
Freshwater
Drum
0.89 lbs Hunter Muncrief July 18, 2009 4.48 lbs Mashaelie Blackwell May 22, 2011
Alligator Gar 192.00 lbs Ariel Drewery April 21, 2007 ----- No Record -----
Sunfsh,
Other Hybrid
----- No Record ----- 0.75 lbs Gage Shepherd July 5, 2010
Longear
Sunfsh
0.10 lbs Travis Ellington July 2, 2003 ----- No Record -----
Redbreast
Sunfsh
0.45 lbs Hunter Muncrief June 14, 2008 0.88 lbs Gage Shepherd July 4, 2010
Redear
Sunfsh
----- No Record ----- 0.80 lbs Carson Downey April 12, 2011
Warmouth 0.40 lbs Blane Morrow March 28, 2008 0.68 lbs Holly Berry May 21, 2010
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17.Mar.2012
ZWOLLE, La. Chris Wilkerson of Conroe, Texas, weighed a
fve-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the
Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division event on Toledo
Bend. For his victory, Wilkerson earned $4,071.
I fshed the frst FLW Tour major of the year last week on
Hartwell, said Wilkerson. I had a real rough tournament, so I
decided to fsh this event to try to regain some of my confdence.
Its nice to be able to prove to myself that can I still catch fsh and
win. Everyone has the same tools and equipment; its totally a
mental confdence game.
I was sight fshing for the entire day, Wilkerson went on to
say. There was a tremendous amount of boat traffc due to a few
other tournaments taking place that day, and there must have
been close to 1,000 boats on the lake. I wanted to just blow in,
drop the poles, jerk the fsh and move on. This was impossible for
me due to the traffc and congestion, so I had to slow down and
take it easy and ease around all the boats to get my fsh.
I was fshing a Bruiser Baits Intruder in 5 to 8 feet of water for
pretty much the entire day, Wilkerson continued. I was fshing
the south end of the lake, all the way to the dam. We went out of
the north end of the lake, so it was two hours of running just to
get there. I expected to catch a bigger bag of fsh than I did, but
Im glad I regained my confdence and Im ready for the next FLW
Tour major at Table Rock.
Rose nets co-angler crown
Keith Rose of Harleton, Texas, weighed a fve-bass limit totaling
13 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win $1,535 in the co-angler
division.
The next BFL Cowboy Division tournament is scheduled for
April 28 on the Atchafalaya Basin in Morgan City, La. After the ffth
Cowboy Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and
40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct.
18-20 Regional Championship on the Red River in Natchitoches,
La. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with
a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy
Silverado, while co-anglers will fsh for a new Ranger Z518 with a
200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers,
with 120 tournaments throughout the season, fve in each
division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division
qualify for a regional tournament and compete to fnish in the
top six, which then qualifes them for one of the longest-running
championships in all of competitive bass fshing the Walmart
BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2012 BFL All-American
is being held May 17 19 on the Potomac River in National
Harbor, Md. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart
Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
Chris Wilkerson takes top seat in the
Pro division of BFL on Toledo Bend
By John N. Felsher
Boater Chris Wilkerson of Conroe, Texas, won the
March 17 Walmart BFL Cowboy Division event on
Toledo Bend Reservoir after landing a total catch
of 17 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Wilkerson
netted over $4,000 in winnings.
Keith Rose of Harleton, Texas, took rst place in the
Co-angler Division at the March 17 Walmart BFL
Cowboy Division event on Toledo Bend Reservoir
after landing a total catch of 13 pounds, 3 ounces.
Rose took home over $1,500 in prize money.
rounding out tHe top 10 pros:
2nd: John Canerday, Calvin, La., fve bass, 14-8, $1,535
3rd: James Stricklin Jr., Texarkana, Texas,
four bass, 13-5, $1,024
4th: Jeremy Guidry, Opelousas, La.,
fve bass, 12-14, $716 + $1,000 Evinrude Bonus
5th: Charles Dubroc, Hessmer, La., fve bass, 12-12, $614
6th: Randy Deaver, Blanchard, La., fve bass, 12-3, $563
7th: Eason Dowden, Many, La., fve bass, 12-1, $512
8th: John Cox, Cedar Creek, Texas, fve bass, 11-6, $461
9th: Craig Frilot, Breaux Bridge, La., fve bass, 11-3, $409
10th: Don Williams, Keithville, La., fve bass, 11-2, $358
rounding out tHe top 10 Co-anglers:
2nd: Daniel Brock, Anna, Texas, fve bass, 11-15, $768
3rd: Kenny Moser, Alba, Texas, fve bass, 11-13, $513
4th: Aaron Ponder, Lufkin, Texas, four bass, 9-11, $358
5th: James Werkmeister, Fort Worth, Texas, three bass, 7-4, $307
6th: Dennis Jones, Oakdale, La., four bass, 7-0, $281
7th: Vaughan Phillips, Tomball, Texas, three bass, 6-13, $256
8th: Warren Whitaker, Woodville, Miss., two bass, 6-1, $230
9th: Jorge Benitez, Wallis, Texas, three bass, 5-13, $192
9th: Mike Needham, Pasadena, Texas, three bass, 5-13, $192
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Current Lake Records
All-tackle records for Sam Rayburn
Species Wt. Date Angler Method
Bass, Largemouth 16.80 5-31-97 Tommy Shelton Rod & Reel
Bass, Palmetto 11.58 4-06-05 John Olive Rod & Reel
Bass, Spotted 5.50 2-14-87 Curt E. Smith Rod & Reel
Bass, White 4.75 7-17-10 Marc Shaw Rod & Reel
Bass, Yellow 1.24 4-19-07 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Bluegill 0.75 4-28-08 Robert Biskamp Sr. Pole & Line
Bowfn 10.13 10-23-95 Lewis Byers Rod & Reel
Buffalo, Bigmouth 65.00 8-02-05 Keith Riehn Bow & Arrow
Buffalo, Smallmouth 84.00 8-17-05 Kevin LaForge Bow & Arrow
Bullhead, Black 1.46 2-17-07 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Bullhead, Yellow 2.51 5-27-97 Willis Francis Jr. Trotline
Carp, Common 27.00 4-18-04 Jim Welborn Rod & Reel
Carp, Grass 84.00 5-08-08 Scott Henslee Bow & Arrow
Catfsh, Blue 83.50 1-15-01 Michael Crochet Trotline
Catfsh, Channel 12.32 6-13-05 Gary Ritnour Trotline
Catfsh, Flathead 84.06 3-17-03 Donald Latham Trotline
Crappie, Black 2.15 5-01-07 Ricky Ethridge Rod & Reel
Crappie, White 2.94 3-28-95 Paul Burleson Rod & Reel
Drum, Freshwater 6.20 3-24-07 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Gar, Alligator 244.50 8-04-05 Keith Riehn Bow & Arrow
Gar, Longnose 41.00 6-01-02 Robbie Woods Bow & Arrow
Pickerel, Redfn 0.55 4-06-09 Douglas Wright Rod & Reel
Shad, Gizzard 0.24 6-02-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Shiner, Blacktail 0.04 5-07-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Shiner, Golden 0.07 5-07-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Longear 0.30 6-04-02 Kenneth Thyssen Fly Rod
Sunfsh, Orangespotted .01 6-05-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Other Hybrid 0.34 6-17-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redbreast 0.57 4-10-05 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redear 0.60 3-05-06 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Spotted 0.06 6-09-07 Randall Bradfeld Rod & Reel
Warmouth 0.40 3-28-08 Blane Morrow Rod & Reel
Junior Angler Records for Sam Rayburn
Species Wt. Date Angler Method
Bass, Largemouth 11.57 4-23-05 Brandon Adams Rod & Reel
Bass, Palmetto 2.95 6-21-07 Nicholas Montano Rod & Reel
Bass, Spotted 4.10 9-18-10 Tanner Moreno Rod & Reel
Bass, White 2.18 4-20-08 Hunter Muncrief Rod & Reel
Bass, Yellow 0.98 3-13-11 Hunter Boren Rod & Reel
Bluegill 0.71 6-14-07 Tyler Hutchison Rod & Reel
Catfsh, Blue 1.88 5-14-11 Hunter Muncrief Rod & Reel
Catfsh, Channel 3.16 4-17-11 Cord Copley Rod & Reel
Catfsh, Flathead 52.00 3-25-11 Blake Terry Rod & Reel
Crappie, Black 2.12 5-30-09 Ross Brusenhan Rod & Reel
Crappie, White 1.58 4-10-10 Jordan Stoyanov Rod & Reel
Drum, Freshwater 0.89 7-18-09 Hunter Muncrief Rod & Reel
Gar, Alligator 192.00 4-21-07 Ariel Drewery Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Longear 0.10 7-02-03 Travis Ellington Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redbreast 0.45 6-14-08 Hunter Muncrief Rod & Reel
Warmouth 0.40 3-28-08 Blane Morrow Rod & Reel
All-Tackle Records for Toledo Bend
Species Wt. Date Angler Method
Bass, Largemouth 15.32 7-03-00 Eric Weems Rod & Reel
Bass, Palmetto 15.81 5-25-87 Johnny Pritchett Rod & Reel
Bass, Spotted 3.40 2-07-09 Larry Upshaw Rod & Reel
Bass, Striped 33.22 2-08-80 James Kent Jr. Rod & Reel
Bass, White 4.40 6-19-10 Lisle Brook Rod & Reel
Bass, White x Yellow 1.48 10-21-11 Nicholas Hirsch Rod & Reel
Bass, Yellow 1.66 6-24-09 Carl Gantt Rod & Reel\
Bluegill 0.86 4-30-07 Robert Kinberger Rod & Reel
Bowfn 19.00 1-03-75 George E. Lord Trotline
Buffalo, Bigmouth 81.50 7-4-11 Martin McIntyre Bow & Arrow
Buffalo, Smallmouth 84.76 9-09-06 Miles McDaniel Bow & Arrow
Bullhead, Yellow 1.25 3-16-11 Mark Balderas Rod & Reel
Carp, Common 32.00 3-04-11 Justin Hunt Bow & Arrow
Carp, Grass 53.50 8-02-06 Tontie Pennock Rod & Reel
Catfsh, Blue 84.00 4-13-07 Thomas Allcorn Trotline
Catfsh, Channel 7.94 4-25-09 Clint Walker Rod & Reel
Catfsh, Flathead 97.50 5-24-91 Otis L. Pleasant Trotline
Crappie, Black 4.00 12-05-02 Hazel Bolton Cane Pole
Crappie, White 3.44 2-21-11 Claude Gilcrease, Jr Rod & Reel
Drum, Freshwater 31.50 3-03-95 Freddie Keel Rod & Reel
Gar, Alligator 181.00 7-27-09 Michael Hughes Bow & Arrow
Gar, Spotted 8.00 4-11-04 Larry McDowell Jr. Float Line
Pickerel, Redfn 0.66 2-10-09 Bill Ritzell Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Longear 0.33 6-05-02 Kenneth Thyssen Fly Rod
Sunfsh, Other Hybrid 0.75 7-05-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redbreast 0.88 6-04-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redear 0.80 9-05-08 Robert Prejean Rod & Reel
Warmouth 1.09 4-14-95 William Tawney Rod & Reel
Junior Angler Records for Toledo Bend
Species Wt. Date Angler Method
Bass, Largemouth 11.48 3-06-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel
Bass, Spotted 1.50 3-17-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Bass, White 2.24 5-12-08 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel
Bass, Yellow 0.82 11-25-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel
Bluegill 0.85 4-10-06 Kevin Johnson Rod & Reel
Bowfn 8.75 3-17-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Buffalo, Smallmouth 49.84 7-14-09 Heather Taylor Bow & Arrow
Bullhead, Yellow 1.25 3-16-11 Mark Balderas Rod & Reel
Carp, Common 23.87 3-21-08 Ben Rumery Bow & Arrow
Catfsh, Blue 20.00 11-07-10 Caleb Anderson Rod & Reel
Catfsh, Channel 3.03 4-23-11 Jacob Bowman Rod & Reel
Crappie, Black 2.54 2-19-11 Forrest Gothia Rod & Reel
Crappie, White 2.75 3-18-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Drum, Freshwater 4.48 5-22-11 Mashaelie Blackwell Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Other Hybrid 0.75 7-05-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redbreast 0.88 7-04-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel
Sunfsh, Redear 0.80 4-12-11 Carson Downey Rod & Reel
Warmouth 0.68 5-21-10 Holly Berry Rod & Reel
White x Yellow Bass Hybrid 1.48 10-21-11 Nicholas Hirsch Rod & Reel
Records are kept and provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife in a newly formed cooperative relationship with Louisiana Parks
& Wildlife. These records may change over the next several months as this cooperative effort evolves. The Lakecaster will
strive to keep the most updated information available in each publication.
Jackson Hill Park Marina 936-872-9266
American Angler 936-872-3451
Powell Park 409-584-2624
Shirley Creek 936-854-2233
Sam Rayburn Marina 409-698-2696
Piney Point Store 409-698-2309
Tx Parks & Wildlife 409-384-9572
Brookeland/Sam Rayburn KOA 409-698-3422
Lowes Creek Park 409-787-2600
Mid Lake Kampground 409-625-4611
Holly Park 409-625-4424
Pendleton Harbor Marina 409-625-4912
Pleasure Bend Store 409-579-2203
Toledo Tackle 318-256-5613
Fin & Feather Resort 409-579-2056
Bass Haven Resort 318-286-9239
Pirates Cove 318-565-4467
Huxley Bay Marina 936-368-2494
Newells Fishing World 409-625-4928
Newells (night) 936-332-4399
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